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Houston Rockets Rookie Marcus Morris Faces Misdemeanor Battery Charge

Houston rookie Marcus Morris is falling into a mold of players who have problems with the law.
Houston rookie Marcus Morris is falling into a mold of players who have problems with the law.
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2012

Houston Rockets rookie Marcus Morris may have something to prove as the NBA season moves along. He may have to prove that he can make good decisions.

According to a report on KHOU.com, Morris was allegedly involved in an incident at a Lawrence, Kansas bar, following the Missouri-Kansas basketball game that he had attended.

"I was at the wrong place at the wrong time," Morris said in his own defense.

According to a police spokeswoman, a male employee of the bar was allegedly punched in the face. Morris was served a citation, and now has a court date of March 20 in Lawrence Municipal Court.

The incident is documented by police as happening at 2:37 a.m.

"I’m just trying to stay focused on what is happening on the court," Morris said. "I’m happy to be back from the D-League and I’m just ready to play."

But one has to question how you can be out at a bar at after 2:30 in the morning, yet claim you were a victim of being "at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Morris clearly has some learning to do, if he is in fact going to treat his NBA career with some professionalism.

The KHOU report states that Morris' twin brother Markieff, who also played with the Jayhawks and is currently with the Phoenix Suns, was with Marcus, but was not cited in the incident.

"I was happy to be with my brother, I was happy to spend some time with him," Marcus said. "It was definitely a special time, we got to spend a lot of time and unfortunately that happened."

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