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New Celtics forward Marcus Morris will soon stand trial for attacking man after high school basketball game

Alex Reimer
July 07, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Marcus Morris is bringing more to the Celtics than his mystifying inability to grab a rebound. He also carries a rap sheet.

The 6-foot-9 forward was arrested in January 2015 with his twin brother, Markieff, for allegedly attacking a man after a high school basketball game in the Phoenix, Arizona area. According to the police report, the Morris twins and three other men beat down Erik Hood while he was heading to his car. Hood says one of the brothers' friends approached him before the beatdown began, which allowed somebody to punch him in the back of the head. Hood was sent to a hospital and treated for a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head. The Morris brothers, meanwhile, sped away in a Rolls-Royce. A witness identified both Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris as two of the assailaints. They were charged with aggravated assault, which is a felony. 

Hood went to high school with the brothers, but their relationship allegedly went south when the Morris' discovered Hood wanted to date their mother. The trail begins Aug. 21, a little more than two months before the start of the regular season. 

The Celtics acquired Morris, 27, from the Pistons Friday in exchange for guard Avery Bradley. The seven-year veteran averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game with the Pistons last season. The Morris brothers were arrested while they were both members of the Suns.