Markieff Morris apologizes to Suns, returns from suspension

Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris has returned to the team after apologizing for throwing a towel that hit head coach Jeff Hornacek last week, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Morris was suspended for two games after the incident, which occurred last Wednesday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Morris met with Suns management before Tuesday’s practice and also apologized to Hornacek and the team. Morris was required to apologize to coaches and teammates, to renew his commitment to the team and to pledge to attend all NBA and Suns community functions. 

After the incident, Morris tweeted he had apologized to Hornacek and that he had not intended to hit him.

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Before the season began, Morris was fined $10,000 by the Suns for publicly demanding a trade after the team traded his brother Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons during the off-season. He said Tuesday that he regretted making those comments. He’s been largely buried in the team’s rotation behind Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic this season.

In Morris’s absence, the Suns lost to the 76ers and the Cavaliers and have now lost seven of their last eight games. They will try to end their skid against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

- Erin Flynn and Jeremy Woo

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