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Marcus and Markieff Morris found not guilty in assault trial

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Marcus and Markieff Morris found not guilty in assault trial

BOSTON – Marcus and Markieff Morris were both found not guilty on Tuesday in their assault trial that stemmed from an incident in January of 2015. 

A third person charged in the incident, Gerald Bowman who is friends with the Morris twins, was also found not guilty. 

All three, along with two other men who pleaded guilty in a separate trial, were accused of beating 36-year-old Erik Hood after a high school basketball game in Phoenix in January of 2015.

Both Marcus and Markieff, who play for Boston and Washington respectively, are expected to join their respective teams sometime this week. 

Had either player been found guilty of the charges, they could have faced jail time or probation, with both triggering a multi-game suspension. 

The prosecution argued that the Morris twins held a grudge against Hood which was the reason for beating. 

However, Tim Eckstein who delivered the closing argument for the defendants, said the Morris twins were falsely accused because Hood was planning to file a lawsuit against the brothers.

The prosecution acknowledged the pending lawsuit Hood has filed against the Morris twins, but added that it was irrelevant to the current court proceedings. 

Eckstein pointed out that Hood had been attacked, but the perpetrators had already plead guilty to the crime. 

Julius Kane and Christopher Melendez pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated assault before the trial, with their sentencing being on Oct. 16.

The judgement brings closure to an assault case that seemed as though it would never come to an end. 

For the Morris brothers, they can now focus their attention on their respective teams who will be counting on each of them to be major contributors this season. 

Marcus, acquired by Boston from Detroit during the offseason, could potentially wind up as a starter for Boston or at the very least, a key contributor off the bench in the frontcourt. With the Pistons last season, he averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds with 79 starts.

Markieff started 76 games last season for Washington while averaging 14.0 points and a career-high 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 36.2 percent which was also a career high.

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”