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Marcus and Markieff Morris of Phoenix Suns accused of assault

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Yesterday, we wrote about the Phoenix Suns and Gerald Green seemingly worried about whether or not he would be staying when he becomes a free agent in the off-season. 

Aggravated Assault

Today's news is a whole lot more worrying however, with reports coming out that two Suns players - Marcus and Markieff Morris - are being accused of aggravated assault by a man who was viciously kicked and beaten.

According to USA Today, the Morris twins are being investigated by police in Arizona for their role in an assault against a man who had sent “inappropriate” text messages to their mother.

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Confusing Claims

Police have made no arrests, nor have any charges been filed against the two, but prosecutors are still reviewing the incident to see if a case can be made.  The pair have denied assaulting the alleged victim, former professional basketball player Erik Hood, whom their mother denied having contact with on the day in question.

According to the police report however, Hood claims to have been a mentor to the twins while they were growing up in Philadelphia before they had a falling out, and he apparently showed police photographs of himself with the former Kansas stars.

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The alleged assault occurred in January at a basketball game that Hood and the Morris twins both attended separately.

Five Attackers

Hood is said to have told investigators that he and a woman he watched the game with were leaving the facility when they were accosted by a friend of the Morris', who he believes informed them of the supposed messages Hood sent to the twins mother. Hood later identified that friend - Julius Kane - and the Morris twins as three of his five attackers.

According to a report, Hood suffered a broken nose, a large knot on the back of his head and abrasions to the rest of his body after being punched to the floor before all five attackers started kicking him. The woman who accompanied Hood to the game also verified Kane and the twins as being part of the altercation.

The Phoenix Suns released an official statement where they revealed that they knew about the investigation, but couldn't give any more details.

“The Phoenix Suns are aware of an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department of an alleged assault,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “We have no information beyond what has been alleged in the police report and therefore have no further comment on the matter at this time."

One of the Morris brothers admitted the two attended the aforementioned basketball game, but only because they sponsor one of the teams taking part.

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