Originally published May 4, 2012 at 04:31p.m., updated May 4, 2012 at 06:06p.m.

Ex-KU basketball player Marcus Morris enters diversion agreement for battery charge


Former Kansas University and current NBA basketball player Marcus Morris has entered into a diversion agreement with prosecutors related to a February incident at a Lawrence nightclub.

Morris, 22, currently a Houston Rockets player, received a misdemeanor battery citation in Lawrence Municipal Court. Police said early on Feb. 26 a male employee of The Cave, 1200 Oread Ave., alleged he was punched by a man after a verbal dispute turned physical. It was also alleged that another man punched the employee from behind, police said at the time.

Morris and Julius K. Harris, 23, of Philadelphia, were both given notices to appear in municipal court.

Lawrence City Prosecutor Jerry Little said Friday that Morris had filed a diversion agreement and waived his right to a trial. Morris agreed to pay a diversion fee of $300 and $60 in court costs. He also agreed to have no contact with the victim and to not return to The Cave. Little said the diversion term runs for 12 months, meaning the case eventually will be dismissed if Morris fulfills those terms and stays out of further legal trouble during that time.

Little said prosecutors did notify the victim in the case that Morris applied for diversion, but they did not hear back from him.

Harris also has submitted a diversion application, but it has not yet been processed, Little said.


WisconsinJayhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

"He also agreed to have no contact with the victim or return to The Cave."

Ack. Bad grammar by journalists drives me nuts.

So, given that he agreed to either have no contact with the victim OR to return to the Cave, maybe he'll just return to the cave. Then he can pester the victim all he wants.

John Mueller 9 years, 4 months ago

Morris agreed to pay a diversion fee and court costs totaling $360. In addition to the financial penalty, Morris is prohibited from additional contact with the victim and is barred from further patronage at The Cave.

Dan Pawlowski 9 years, 4 months ago

There is no difference if said person is not in the act of teaching a class.

JakeBarnes 9 years, 4 months ago

Of course, you are correct. This entire report is botched.

Jackalope7 9 years, 4 months ago

You know what drives me nuts? Grammar Police. How about you read the story, comment on the article's content, read what people have to say about about the story without trying to make them look like idiots. It's not just you that does this and it's annoying. As Freud would say, don't be so anal.

Carl O'Hair 9 years, 4 months ago

People who always attack the messenger and never the message drive me crazy. That is what Saul Alinsky told radicals to do to avoid having to discuss the message.

Vinny1 9 years, 4 months ago

lol. This is a newspaper. They are journalists. They are supposed to have correct grammar. Is that too much to ask?

Obviously the LJWorld doesn't care about grammar or being correct since they refer to KU, or the University of Kansas as "Kansas University" in every single article, blatantly disregarding that KU says it should never be "Kansas University."

The lack of professionalism at the LJWorld is laughable.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

And the grammar police drive me just as crazy.. I mean after reading the article you post on grammar. Really? I think Marcus was returning to the place where he felt the most comfortable. His NBA career has been far from stellar, which I completely fail to understand. Marcus has NBA skills, his brother Markeith played well for the most part and was not sent down to the D league. Separation anxiety? I just hope she gets his act together. He's a good guy basically, just having some issues he needs to take care of.

Oops... I left a hanging preposition.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

Another oops... I obviously meant "he" not "she". Figured I'd beat the grammar police to it.

jayhawkca 9 years, 4 months ago

That was the only mistake? What's Marcus' brother's name?

Grammar is important. "Let's eat Grandma!" "Let's eat, Grandma!"

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

I type using a stick in my mouth and didn't realize it was so important...

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't think it will be a problem for Marcus to avoid The Cave for 12 months. As far as "..staying out of legal trouble during that time", he is an NBA player living in Houston and traveling around the country. Trouble, somehow will find him. Will a Lawrence judge only be concerned about what happens in his jurisdiction?

I say, let Angel act as the judge and render her own justice, Morris-style.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 4 months ago

He also admitted to the assault, so I bet he wrote a check with a few zeroes in it.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 4 months ago

I've never met a bouncer that wasn't a straight up tool. I'm guessing the "tough" bouncer isn't completely innocent in all of this.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

You have no idea what you are talking about. It's the bouncer you don't see that is doing his job. Defuse the situation without violence and keep everyone happy.

Blanket comments are basically ignorant stereotypes.

Benz Junque 9 years, 4 months ago

Being a tool isn't against the law. Punching a tool in the back of the head for being tool IS.

If being a tool was against the law this country would be a ghost town.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago a bouncer gets hit in the back of the head and he is the tool?

Any supporting facts or first-hand accounts? Or..are you making assumptions as well as blanket statements?

Why would you live in any country that you felt was solely occupied by tools... except for you of course?

repaste 9 years, 4 months ago

Close the cave. Assaults, gunshots,(big shots), after hours drinking.

number1jayhawker 9 years, 4 months ago

They should have left that Harris dude back in Philly. He is a rotton apple.

Bee Bee 9 years, 4 months ago

Play basketball, make millions, go home! Why is that so difficult? They never learn.

manunitedjayhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Didn't T-Rob have a run in with a bouncer at the Cave as well? That place seems to be trouble.

Sam Constance 9 years, 4 months ago

Man, KU basketball players must really dislike the staff at The Cave. They can't seem to help themselves from assaulting bouncers...

...or there's another explanation hidden in there somewhere.

I'd love to know the name of THIS bouncer so we could see if there is any connection to the bouncer who was allegedly assaulted by Thomas Robinson. Even if it's not, doesn't anyone else find it strange that two separate KU players would have altercations with the bouncing staff there?

The only common factors here are the Cave meatheads... er, bouncers, and locally-famous kids who happen to play/have played basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

+1 Self should keep this place off-limits to all members of the team.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 4 months ago

Everybody hates on KU basketball players because they are percieved as cocky, arrogant people. Yet, they allow them VIP treatment whenever they show up to their establishment. Perplexing.......

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

2 for 2. Everybody hates on KU basketball players? EVERYBODY? Another blanket comment that's as ignorant as the previous.

This happened in Lawrence. I find it hard to believe that you would think KU basketball players are hated in Lawrence.

Maybe it it was all because of the guy from Philly. Everybody hates people from Philly, even in Philly.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 4 months ago

There are two theorems that seem to be indisputable:

1] E = MC[sq'd] and

2] Pro player + $$$$$$$ + Club = Trouble

It took a genius to figure out the doesn't take a genius to figure out the second!!!

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 4 months ago

Oak... you have a knack at putting things into proper perspective.

Benjamin Piehler 9 years, 4 months ago

Yeah. Let's waste some more of our money on the prison system to make sure this never happens to a poor bouncer again.

Benjamin Piehler 9 years, 4 months ago

Banishment from the cave? Thats not even a punishment... now he can find a good bar.

NOTcrusher 9 years, 4 months ago

Stupid thug. Typical Jayhawk recruit.


Benjamin Piehler 9 years, 4 months ago

I'd take the Morris kids back on the team in a heartbeat. Thugs, some might say; and I wouldn't argue with you.

Their work ethic off the court was amazing. When TRob had a confrontation at the Cave last year, the Morris kids were both there with ample opportunity to act like thugs if they wanted to. Instead they left the scene and waited in the car for it to blow over (they were about to get drafted into the NBA, after all).

The typical Jayhawk recruit comment is just silly and makes you appear pretty bitter/spiteful.

After writing this, I'm not sure why I bothered to respond at all. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about anyway.

Brak 9 years, 4 months ago

LOL pretty funny coming from a statie, I guess stealing clothes from Dillards and taking extra money from an agent are not thuggish, amirite?

bad_dog 9 years, 4 months ago

And then there's Bill Walker's eternally classy move; urinating in a towel during a game...

RockChalkSam 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't know whats funnier, that he beat the heck out of the guy, or the comments.

mikehawk 9 years, 4 months ago

OK. I think this has been up as a headline long enough. It is old news. In the large scheme of things, this is a minor incident and wouldn't be a such a huge deal if it were any other student or former student. It has been reported, and now it is time to take it down, or least find somewhere else less prominent for it to be posted. Marcus and his family deserve at least that much consideration.

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