“Markieff and Marcus are good men and I am confident that when all the facts come out, their names will be cleared,” agent Leon Rose said in a statement to ESPN.
Three other men — Julius Kane, Christopher Melendez and NFL Draft prospect Gerald Bowman, a former safety at USC — were also charged in the attack. They are scheduled to appear in court May 7.
Hood, who claims to have been a mentor to the Morris brothers, says he was attacked while attending a basketball tournament at the Nin Mason Pulliam Recreation Center. After the game, police say Hood was approached by Kane and Melendez, who struck him in the head from behind. When Hood attempted to flee to his care, he fell to the ground and was repeatedly punched and kicked by all five men, including the Morris brothers.
A 27-year-old woman attending the game with Hood witnessed the attack.
Hood was transported to the emergency room and treated for a broken nose, bruises and lacerations to his head and torso. He told police he has known the Morris twins since the were in high school and was their mentor while the starred in college at Kansas. But the brothers have denied their supposed relationship with Hood and told police they were not involved in the assault.
Police released a statement Tuesday regarding the charges, via ESPN:
“Because the offense occurred at a basketball tournament with over 100 in attendance, including many youth under the age of 18, the Phoenix Police detective assigned to this investigation was tasked with tracking down and interviewing all who may have been witness to the assault, including out of state attendees. After weeks of interviews and information gathering the detective was able to present a cognitive investigation to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office for review.”