The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris $10,000 for publicly demanding a trade after his twin brother, Marcus, was sent to Detroit on July 2. With the franchise splitting up the 25-year-old twins, both were unhappy with the situation but Markieff caught the butt end of the financial slap on the wrist for announcing that he wanted out of Phoenix.
In a day and age in which trades and matters of that such are handled solely by agents and official representatives, Markieff’s comments were unable to go undetected by the league.
The NBA released the following statement Tuesday regarding the fine:
“Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns has been fined $10,000 for a public statement detrimental to the NBA.”
The deal that sent Marcus to the Pistons was an attempt from the Suns to clear cap space with free agency getting underway the day before the trade. Shipping Marcus, along with Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock, to the Motor City did not fair as well as anticipated for the the Suns as the franchise missed out on all of the major free agents signings.
Both Marcus and Markieff signed extensions to remain in the desert prior to the start of last season causing most of the stir up with the eventual trade.
“Everybody knew how bad I wanted to play with my brother,” said Marcus. “Phoenix knew. For them to trade me without consent or telling or anything like that was kind of like a, I would say slap in the face, because of the contract I took from those guys and the money I took from them. That was kind of a slap in the face.”
The twins played together at Kansas University and spent three seasons together in Phoenix. Marcus joined Markieff after he was traded from Houston, who selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2011 draft while the Suns selected Markieff with the 13th pick that same year.
With social media becoming such a prevalent part of modern society, it is difficult for professional athletes to remain silent about controversial topics. However, even with this topic surrounding Markieff’s brother, it is uncertain as to where he will play next season after tweeting the following statement just five days prior to being hit with the fine.
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) September 4, 2015