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Former KU basketball players Marcus and Markieff Morris accused of assault

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (left) and Marcus Morris celebrated after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in a game last month.
Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (left) and Marcus Morris celebrated after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in a game last month. The Associated Press

During their time with the Kansas basketball team, not everything was rosy for the Morris twins.

That’s why it’s worth noting that the Arizona Republic is reporting that Phoenix police say Marcus and Markieff Morris and three others committed felony aggravated assault against a man. The reason: the brothers learned had sent “inappropriate” text messages to their mother.

The twins, who are 25 and play for the Phoenix Suns, deny involvement, according to the story, and there have been no arrests or charges filed.

The alleged assault happened in January, and the Arizona Republic story quoted records as showing Erik Hood suffered a broken nose, a large knot on the back of his head and abrasions.

Hood identified the Morris twins as being part of the altercation, according to the story.

The twins had some legal troubles while at Kansas:

▪ In February 2012, Marcus Morris was cited for misdemeanor battery early Sunday in Lawrence, city prosecutor Jerry Little told the Lawrence Journal-World.

▪ In 2009, the twins were named in a police report, although not specifically as witnesses or victims, after a brawl between Kansas football and basketball players.

▪ In 2008, Markieff Morris was charged with a battery charge for an incident involving a BB gun. A police report said he shot a 47-year-old Wisconsin woman with a plastic BB from his residence window at Jayhawker Towers.

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