Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault

By SI Wire
April 21, 2015

Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault, according to ESPN.

Earlier this month, Phoenix police were investigating the Morris twins after they and three others were accused of assault after a basketball game in January. The man who accused them of assault allegedly sent "inappropriate" text messages to the mother of the Morris's.

All five were charged in the alleged assault of the man, Erik Hood, according to ESPN. They have a court appearance set for May 7.

The assault allegedly happened on Jan. 24, when Hood and another woman had been watching a basketball game. Hood told police that he and the woman were attacked by a man named Julius Kane. Hood was punched in the head and tried to run but was caught by another man, while at least three others attacked him, according to the police report. He sustained a broken nose and abrasions in the attack.

Hood told police that he was a mentor to the Morris twins when they were younger, something they denied to police, according to ESPN. The pair also denied that they were involved in the assault. 

The Morris twins later released a statement:

"We have been advised by our attorneys not to discuss this case or make any statements about it. We are sorry for the distraction this has caused to our fans and the Suns."

Their agent, Leon Rose, also released a statement, saying "Markieff and Marcus are good men and I am confident that when all the facts come out, their names will be cleared."

Marcus Morris averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds this season for the Suns, while Markieff Morris averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. 

- Molly Geary and Scooby Axson​

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