Marcus, Markieff Morris Charged with Assault: Latest Details, Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Getty Images

Marcus and Markieff Morris are facing legal troubles after Phoenix police charged the twins with felony aggravated assault after an altercation with former professional basketball player Erik Hood in January.

Continue for updates.

Morris Twins Charged with Felony Aggravated Assault 

Tuesday, April 21

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reported that both Marcus and Markieff have been charged with felony aggravated assault stemming from the January incident:

Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault following an incident on January 24 at a local recreation center. 

The Morris twins are among five men charged in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man at the Nin Mason Pulliam Recreation Center.

Morris Twins Accused of Aggravated Assault

Tuesday, April 7

Marcus and Markieff Morris were accused of aggravated assault tonight. Matthew Casey of The Arizona Republic reported the police's claim:

[Marcus and Markieff Morris] and three others committed felony aggravated assault against a man the 25-year-old twins learned had sent "inappropriate" text messages to their mother.

Police have made no arrests and no charges have been filed. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors are continuing to review the case submitted by police.

The pair have denied assaulting the alleged victim, Hood, whom their mother denied having contact with on the day in question. 

According to the report, however, Hood claimed to have been a mentor to the twins while they were growing up in Philadelphia before they had a falling out, and he showed authorities photographs of himself with the former Kansas stars. Casey provided additional details:

The alleged assault occurred in January at the Nina Mason Pulliam Recreation & Sports Complex near 15th Avenue and Colter Street, where Hood and a woman had been watching a basketball game, records show.

Hood told investigators he and the woman were leaving the facility when they were accosted by Julius Kane, 25, the man Hood believes told the Morris twins about the text messages, the report said.


Hood, who later identified Kane and the Morris twins as three of his five attackers, suffered a broken nose, a large knot on the back of his head and abrasions, records show. The woman who accompanied Hood to the game also verified Kane and the twins as being part of the altercation.

Markieff Morris denied being part of the group of attackers but admitted being at the game. He reportedly told police he and his brother were there because they sponsor one of the teams.

Both Marcus and Markieff Morris have appeared in 78 games for the Phoenix Suns this year. Marcus is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game, while Markieff is averaging 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per contest.