After a review by a Grand Jury, felony aggravated assault charges have been filed against Phoenix Suns players and twins Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris.
The pair had been under investigation for a Jan. 24 incident where the twins and three others allegedly beat up Erik Hood at a recreational basketball tournament in the Phoenix area. The motivation allegedly had been Hood sending “inappropriate” text messages to the Morris brothers’ mother.
Prosecutors have decided to go ahead with the case, they confirmed to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
After the (rec league) game, police say Hood was confronted by (Julius) Kane and struck from behind on the head by (Christopher) Melendez. Hood tried to run to his car but had been dazed by the initial blow to the head and fell to the ground, where he was then repeatedly punched and kicked by all five suspects. The assault was witnessed by a 27-year-old woman, who had attended the game with Hood.
Hood was taken to the emergency room at Phoenix Baptist Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, bruises and abrasions.
The Morris brothers reportedly denied taking part in the attack and even knowing Hood.
Neither the Morris twins nor the Suns organization released a new statement since the charges were filed.
Suns GM Lon Babby released a statement a while back on the incident:
“The Phoenix Suns are aware of an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department of an alleged assault. 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. Our organization will closely monitor developments as the legal process unfolds.”