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Phoenix Suns' Morris twins plead not guilty in beating case


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PHOENIX (AP) — Marcus and Markieff Morris, twin brothers who play for the Phoenix Suns, have pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felony aggravated assault.

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

Police say 36-year-old Erik Hood reported that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and large bump on his head.

A call to the Suns for comment 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 June 30.

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