Suns' Morris twins plead not guilty in assault case

Published May. 7, 2015 1:07 p.m. ET

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.

The twins are accused of helping three others beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

According to a Phoenix police report, 36-year-old Erik Hood says five people, including the Morris brothers, repeatedly punched and kicked him. Hood says he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.

A call to the Suns for comment on the case was not immediately returned.

The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.

Their next court appearance is an initial pretrial conference set for June 30.