Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault, after being accused of attacking a man who sent “inappropriate” text message to their mother.
The Morris twins are two of five men being charged in the alleged Jan. 24 assault of Erik Hood at a Phoenix recreation center. Another is Gerland Bowman, according to ESPN.com, a safety at USC who is preparing for the NFL draft.
Hood told police he had sent a text message to the Morris twins’ mother, Thomasine, which said he would always be there for for her. Hood believes someone interpreted the comment to mean the two had a sexual relationship, which led to his attack.
Thomasine denied being in contact with Hood that day and the brothers claimed not to know him, but police said there was evidence to the contrary.
Hood said he attended a basketball tournament at the Nina Mason Pulliam Recreation Center, and after the game he was assaulted — struck from behind and later punched and kicked by all five suspects.
Hood suffered a broken nose, a large bump on his head, and had cuts and bruises.
Agent Leon Rose, who represents the brothers, released a statement Tuesday denying his clients committed any wrongdoing.
“Markieff and Marcus are good men and I am confident that when all the facts come out, their names will be cleared.”
Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7.
Marcus averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this season. Markieff averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
— With News Wire Services
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