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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Morris twins plead not guilty to assault

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris, left, shakes hands with his twin brother Marcus, as they walk off the court after the Suns 107-104 loss to the Sacramento King in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris, left, shakes hands with his twin brother Marcus, as they walk off the court after the Suns 107-104 loss to the Sacramento King in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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— Phoenix Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.

The twins are accused of helping three others beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

According to a Phoenix police report, 36-year-old Erik Hood says five people, including the Morris brothers, repeatedly punched and kicked him. Hood says he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.

A call to the Suns for comment on the case was not immediately returned.

The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.

Their next court appearance is an initial pretrial conference set for June 30.

Comments

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 10 months ago

You're not kids anymore. Time to start acting like adults.

Rich Hetherington 4 years, 10 months ago

This isn't cool, but at the same time, they are still Jayhawks, and you have to be impressed by what they've done ON the court. Now they just need to get their heads straight and make sure not to ruin it with things like this OFF the court.

Philip Bowman 4 years, 10 months ago

no I don't and no one should. they were not good people while at KU, should never have been on the team. These kinds of thugs hurt KU's image. Many more of them and KU will have no good image to be damaged. We need to quit hiring these one or two & done and recruit players that want a KU education.

RJ King 4 years, 10 months ago

Stupid + Classless X 1 < Volatile + Classless X 2

James Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

I disagree. Some people deserve a good old-fashioned, butt whoopin'!

Rodney Crain 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks RJ. I really hope some of these folks on here are just kidding, but I know for sure one is not.

Pure Class at its highest level. Outstanding.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 10 months ago

It probably would have been better if only the twins brought God's vengeance down upon this guy. Sometimes it is completely justifiable to open a can of whoop-ass on some people.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 10 months ago

Sure thats the answer. Even though its against the law, and if the person dies or is permanetly injuried you will likely ruin your life and spend some serious time in jail.

Unless its self defense, there is absolutley no reason to open a can of whoop-ass on some people. None.

Daniel Johnson 4 years, 10 months ago

Dumb to make assumptions about this guy deserving it when nobody knows what actually happened. I was on campus when the Morris twins fought the football players outside budig hall. Heard from multiple people who saw it go down that the morris bros instigated it and got violent.

RJ King 4 years, 10 months ago

From the Washington Post (Associated Press, April 21)

According to a Phoenix police report, Erik Hood said five people including the Morris brothers repeatedly punched and kicked him.

Police say it is alleged that Hood, 36, was assaulted for sending an inappropriate text message to the Morris brothers’ mother.

According to the police report, Hood was leaving a high school basketball game on Jan. 24 when he was approached by a friend of the brothers. Hood told police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.

Hood ran to his car but fell down. Hood told police that the man who had approached him held him down while four men, including the Morris twins, kicked and hit him repeatedly. All five then left the area in a Rolls-Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.

In a Feb. 10 interview with a police investigator, both brothers denied involvement in the incident. But authorities said a witness positively identified both brothers as participants in the attack.

According to Hood’s account, he formed a strong bond with the 25-year-old brothers when they were in high school. Hood, who graduated from the same Philadelphia high school as the brothers, said he sometimes coached them and even shuttled them to practices.

But things soured about a year before they were drafted into the NBA. The brothers cut off all contact with him after their friend found texts from Hood indicating he wanted their mother to be his girlfriend, according to Hood.

Fred Davis 4 years, 10 months ago

You don't talk about another man's mother... Simple as that. Phoenix paper reported the man made disparaging remarks about The Twins mom - paid the price for it. They'll probably pay him something and that'll be that...

Rodney Crain 4 years, 10 months ago

Forget the fact that the twins mom actually texted the guy that got beat up. Or that local Police have tried to be very careful here, the DA has a case, and guess what they broke the law and there are witnesses and damages.

It is silly to risk their career for this.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 10 months ago

Are you kidding me? If they get convicted of this, not only could they face jail time, but their contracts could be voided by Phoenix. Pro teams, especially now, are increasingly image conscious, particularly with anything to do with violence. Their trade value could suffer. They may be released. They are good, but they are not that good. Public relations for these teams in their home cities is a really big deal. Too bad someone insulted their mother. Still, doesn't meet justifiable/self-defense threshold. Even if they can lawyer their way out of the criminal charges, they most likely will face a civil suit and will pay the victim a sizable sum. The DA will be trying to get the lesser partners to roll over on the twins, and they might well do so to save themselves. Very poor judgment and very possible this is the beginning of the end of their NBA careers. Happy Mother's Day.

Ron Sterling 4 years, 10 months ago

To be fair to the twins, they do deserve their day in court. Do I think they did it: probably. But they get the benefit of the doubt in our judicial system. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they're acquitted. If you're not familiar with the 'don't snitch' ethos, see Josh Selby before he was at KU, or perhaps the Boondocks. The police have a witness, but from what I understand, this person was with Hood and wouldn't be considered unbiased. They're trying to find a bystander to be a witness, and if they can't, it becomes a he said she said case. No telling how those might work out. Anyway, I hope the truth comes out and, one way or another, the Twins get their due.

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