Cops suspect the Morris twins of felony aggravated assault, although the district attorney’s office has yet to issue any arrest warrants or file any charges against the Suns forwards, according to The Arizona Republic.
Erik Hood, a well-traveled former Philadelphia prep basketball star, accused the Morris twins and three other men of attacking him outside a youth basketball game, according to a police report obtained by the paper. Hood, who also said he mentored the brothers, was allegedly punched in the head, had his nose broken and was beaten unconscious.
The police report alleged Hood sent an “inappropriate” text message to the Morrises’ mother, according to the Republic, although he claimed to have simply texted he would “always be there” for Thomasine Morris.
The Morris twins, also Philadelphia natives, reportedly attended the youth basketball game as sponsors of one of the teams at Phoenix’s Nina Mason Pulliam Recreation & Sports Complex, but denied both knowing Hood and taking part in the assault. Likewise, none of the two-dozen witnesses interviewed by police claimed to have even seen the alleged altercation, much less identified either Suns player — both of whom stand roughly 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weigh 235 pounds.
In summary, according to the report, police put enough faith in Hood’s account to submit his accusations to the district attorney’s office, but neither the Morris twins nor the DA’s office have corroborated his story.
In the meantime, Markieff and Morris are expected to continue vying for a playoff spot out West until the Suns are mathematically eliminated.
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