Phoenix Suns pair Marcus and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault in relation to an incident that occurred in January.
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The Morris twins are among five men charged in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man with reports claiming that the incident was in relation to the individual having a relationship with the pair’s mother after supposedly also mentoring and supporting the pair during their early years in the game.
The Suns stars are scheduled to make their first court appearance on May 7, and it remains to be seen how strong the evidence is against them which could result in punishment.
“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,” Marcus and Markieff Morris said in a statement, as reported by Arizona Sports.
The victim, Erik Hood, alleged that he attended a basketball tournament at a recreation center when he saw the Morris twins enter the gym with three other men.
After the game, he alleges that he was confronted by the group of men and was stuck from behind on the head before falling to the ground and was repeatedly punched and kicked by all five suspects.
A 27-year-old woman witnessed the incident and will be a key part of the investigation, although the Morris twins maintain that they were not involved in the incident.
Phoenix released a statement of their own and expressed their disappointment to learn that the pair had been charged and added that they would continue to monitor the legal process before making any further comment on the matter.