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Markieff Morris’ NSFW response to Nikola Jokic reaching out to him to apologize

Morris returned to play after getting cleared by doctors and he didn't select words when explaining how he feels about Nikola Jokic.
Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris lies on the ground after a confrontation with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic looking at Markieff Morris

Markieff Morris finally returned to action against the Minnesota Timberwolves after being sidelined for more than four months. It was a welcome development for the Miami Heat fans and front office, but it seems the forward still hasn’t gotten over things and offered an NSFW response to the man that caused his injury.

Markieff Morris’ message: “I don’t want to hear from him”

No one imagined that the physical altercation between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris last November would lead to the Miami Heat forward sitting out the next four months recuperating from its effects. Jokic shoved Morris from the back as retaliation for a hard foul committed by the Miami Heat forward.

The MVP was fined and suspended while Morris had to sit out for months to recuperate. It was initially believed he would be out for the season but was cleared to return upon the advice of the three doctors from the Fitness to Play panel.

After the Timberwolves game, which the Heat lost, reporters asked Morris if The Joker reached out to him after the incident.

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He added that it took time for him to accept reality and move on.

"The first two weeks, I probably didn't sleep just based off of what happened to me and me not being able to really control the situation," Morris said to Joe Vardon about the aftermath of the incident. "That was the first time in my life where I couldn’t control something. I moved past it. Took me a while."

Nikola expressed regret after the incident, and either he has not reached out at all, or Markieff ignored his messages or effort to communicate.

Maybe the lesson here is don’t poke the bear

The Morris twins built a reputation as tough enforcers. They’ve been playing mind games against opponents, and it has been their calling card ever since. In this case, Markieff would probably think twice about hitting opponents hard because, as what happened with Nikola, you don’t just poke the bear and be not ready for the aftermath.

Jokic is a gentle giant who claimed he’d seen worse in Serbia. The reigning MVP also has two brothers who you don’t like messing around with. European players are labeled as “soft” because they’re not as athletic but what happened sent a message to the rest of the league: you don’t want to find out if European players are ready to go. As David Aldridge said on his podcast - ”I ain't messing with no Serbians!”

Everyone has a lesson to learn here, especially Jokic and Morris. It’s good that Markieff returned this season despite the earlier prognosis. Shoving and heckling are part of the game, but it’s only fun until someone gets hurt real bad. So here’s to hoping the two would mend fences soon.

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