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Wednesday’s Mashup: Markieff and Marcus Morris found not guilty in Phoenix assault trial

Lucy Burdge
October 04, 2017 - 7:49 am

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-- NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris were acquitted by a Phoenix jury on Tuesday in their aggravated assault trial. 

The twins have been on trial for the past two weeks after being charged with helping three other people beat a man outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix in January 2015. Their friend Gerald Bowman also was acquitted.

Both brothers played for the Suns at the time. Marcus now plays for the Celtics and Markieff is a member of the Wizards. Both players missed the beginning of the NBA preseason because of the trial. 

Prosecutor Daniel Fisher made the argument for the state that the brothers held a grudge against the victim, Erik Hood, as motive for the beating. Tim Eckstein represented the defendants and said Hood falsely accused the brothers so he could file a lawsuit against them. 

Eckstein argued Hood was definitely attacked but the two men responsible had already pleaded guilty. 

"From the beginning we expected them to acquit,” Marcus said outside the court after the verdict. “ … I'm going to Boston. Gonna get back with the team."

-- Soccer star Alex Morgan was kicked out of Epcot Center at Disney World on Sunday after an incident at one of the bars on the property. 

Morgan was removed from Epcot along with other MLS players and was said to be “highly impaired” and yelling at Disney staffers that she knows the Orlando SWAT team. 

The incident report filed by the Orange County Sheriff's Office said officers were called to the bar at 8:20 p.m. after MLS player Giles Barnes cut in front of another person in line and got into a verbal argument. 

The report said Morgan and the rest of the group were "impaired and verbally aggressive.” 

Giles was removed from Epcot and told not to return. As officers were escorting him from the park, they noticed Morgan was "yelling, screaming and taking video and possibly pictures."

"She appeared to be highly impaired. Deputy Johnson heard Ms. Morgan make a loud verbal statement that she knows the Orlando SWAT team,” the report states. 

A total of four people from Morgan’s group were removed from the park, including Morgan and MLS player Donny Toia. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  "It's not great but it's also early. There's a lot of football left and hopefully we can take all the things that have happened, learn from them and try to build on them. That's what we're going to try to do this week." -- Tom Brady, on the Patriots’ 2-2 start to the season