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April 21, 2015 Updates

Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault following an incident on January 24 at a local recreation center. The Morris twins are among five men charged in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man at the Nin Mason Pulliam Recreation Center. Another of the men, Gerald Bowman, was a safety at USC who is preparing for this year's NFL draft. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. ESPN.com

The victim, Erik Hood, alleged that he attended a basketball tournament at the recreation center when he saw the Morris brother enter the gym with three other men, Bowman, Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez. After the game, police say Hood was confronted by Kane and struck from behind on the head by 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. Hood told detectives that he has known the Morris brothers since they were in high school and that he mentored the brothers through college. The Morris twins denied to police that they were involved in the assault and that knew Hood. Police say that that Hood was assaulted for sending "an inappropriate text message" to the Morris brothers' mother some time before the incident. ESPN.com

April 8, 2015 Updates

The Phoenix Suns' Morris twins live by the mantra "Family over everything." Phoenix police say Marcus and Markieff Morris put those words into action when they and three others committed felony aggravated assault against a man the 25-year-old twins learned had sent "inappropriate" text messages to their mother. Police have made no arrests and no charges have been filed. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors are continuing to review the case submitted by police. USA Today Sports

Hood reportedly escaped a second time and was near the front of the complex when the group caught up to him and assaulted him again to the point of unconsciousness, according to the police report. Witnesses told police they saw the five subjects flee in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, but none of them were able to identify any of the subjects. Investigators reportedly interviewed about two dozen additional witnesses who said they did not see anything or could not identify those involved. Hood, who later identified Kane and the Morris twins as three of his five attackers, suffered a broken nose, a large knot on the back of his head and abrasions, records show. The woman who accompanied Hood to the game also verified Kane and the twins as being part of the altercation. USA Today Sports

January 30, 2015 Updates

You both signed new deals this summer. Can you ever see yourself playing on different teams again? Markieff Morris: "I can’t. It’s going to be almost impossible to get us apart. The Suns knew we wanted to be together. I think we could have made more money [if we went to free agency]. But the game doesn’t mean the same when we are apart. They got to $52 million [to split] for us. I took $32 million. I score more points (laughs). But it’s all going to the same bank account. What’s important is that we stayed together." Sports Illustrated

January 29, 2015 Updates

CBS 5 News has learned Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are part of a possible assault investigation being handled by Phoenix police. Police confirm they are investigating an alleged assault that occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a gym near 15th Avenue and Colter in central Phoenix. They would not release the name of those involved but sources tell CBS 5 News the Morris brothers are being looked at as suspects in the crime. KPHO

High-profile twin brothers who play for the Phoenix Suns could be in trouble with the law. CBS 5 News has learned Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are part of a possible assault investigation being handled by Phoenix police. Police confirm they are investigating an alleged assault that occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a gym near 15th Avenue and Colter in central Phoenix. They would not release the name of those involved but sources tell CBS 5 News the Morris brothers are being looked at as suspects in the crime. KPHO

January 8, 2015 Updates
September 30, 2014 Updates

Marcus received $20 million over four years. The contract extensions start next year. Markieff and Marcus will play this season under their rookie contracts — $3.15 million and $3.11 million, respectively. That part really did not matter to them. It all goes to the same household — and even the same bank account for how they co-exist at work and home. "It didn't matter if it was me getting $5 million and Mook (Marcus) getting $8 million," Markieff said. "We told them it didn't matter. If they just put $13 (million) a year for the Morris twins, that would've been great. They wouldn't even have to say our names. "We're $52 million players." Arizona Republic

Marcus said Markieff's cut should have been higher. He also said they were not willing to wind up with different teams in free agency next year. "This deal doesn't show how good of a player I am," Marcus said. "This deal is about our financial stability for our family. I'm worth $52 million. They say I'm four-year, $20 million but, at the end of the day, $13 million is coming in our household every year. I'm worth $52 million and Keef's worth $52 million." Arizona Republic

September 29, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have reached contract extensions with twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris, the team announced Monday. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Markieff Morris will receive a four-year deal worth $32 million while Marcus Morris will get a four-year deal worth $20 million. ESPN.com

"We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp," president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. "There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures." ESPN.com

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