2 Phoenix Suns players accused of assaulting man

Phoenix Suns twin players Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated for alleged felony aggravated assault.

The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that police in Phoenix are investigating whether the Suns forwards committed the assault against a man after a basketball game in January.

According to a police report, the alleged assault happened on the night of Jan. 24 at the Nina Mason Pulliam Sports Complex in Phoenix. Investigators said the victim, Erik Hood, was attacked as he was leaving the sports complex by five suspects. The documents said two of the suspects are Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris.

According to the report, the alleged assault stems from inappropriate text messages exchanged between Hood and the Morris twins’ mother. Hood told authorities that he was a mentor to the Morris twins when they were younger.

Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby issued the following team statement:

“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.”

No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed as the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office continues its investigation.

Before the season, both of the Morris twins signed four-year contracts worth a combined $52 million. Markieff will earn $32 million, while Marcus will make $20 million.

Markieff Morris is averaging 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 78 games this season. Marcus Morris is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds, also in 78 games.

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