A troubling video went viral two weeks ago featuring a player who used to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The footage seemingly involved Darius Morris, who the Lakers selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
As reported by TMZ, “on April 18, a woman told officers the 29-year-old pro basketball player beat her up during an altercation at a Manhattan-area home.”
The woman reportedly admitted to authorities that she had initially left her home and requested that Morris leave by the time she came back. Unfortunately, he did not oblige — and that’s when things allegedly erupted.
According to TMZ, authorities said that the woman told them Morris “grabbed her by her hair and dragged her, punching and kicking her in the head repeatedly.”
Law enforcement sources further informed TMZ that the victim had sustained “bruising and swelling on her eyes, forehead, and ear … and also suffered a chipped tooth and bruises on her arms and back” as a result of the purported attack.
Disturbing visuals said to be from the altercation later made their way online.
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This week, Morris seemingly addressed the entire matter in a story on social media.
Since the alleged incident occurred, this whole debacle has gotten a bit tricky.
Because as reported by TMZ, they were subsequently “contacted by the accuser, who now says she made the whole thing up and doesn’t want to see Morris prosecuted.” She then told them that she will go to the D.A. to drop the case against Morris.
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This obviously isn’t the first terrible domestic abuse case to rock the sports world in recent months, though they’ve largely eluded the NBA.
One especially brutal one occurred in the NFL a little while ago. Prior to that, troubling photos of what a retired NFL star did to his better half also surfaced – sparking an important discussion about the treatment of women in society.
How will this particular situation be looked upon in the coming weeks and months? A lot of it depends on how it ultimately ends up unfolding. But at the moment, things don’t appear to be trending in a great direction.