Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris called Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic a "300 pound sloppy fat boy" when addressing the shoving incident. Morris hasn't played since he was shoved by Jokic during the Heat and Nuggets game on November 8.
“This is wild: Markieff Morris has missed 30 straight games for the Heat since he got whiplash from his scuffle with Nikola Jokic on November 8th,” @LegionHoops’s tweet, which landed on Thursday, read.
“Sheesh”. The tweet caught Morris' attention so he responded. “Ain’t shit wild about it! It’s a real injury! Imagine having a 300 pound sloppy fat boy run full speed and make direct contact with your spine,” Morris wrote.
“I’ll be back soon like I said”.
Morris hopes to soon return to the court
“I said what I said! Heat nation I’ll see y’all soon!!” Morris said in another tweet. After the game on November 8, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra described the play as "very dangerous" and "just absolutely uncalled for."
"That was a very dangerous and dirty play," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game. "Keef took a foul, and it was one of those fastbreak take fouls, and he did with his shoulder. You might deem that maybe as a little bit more than just slapping somebody, but after watching it on film, it was a take foul.
That's how I saw it. And the play after, that's just absolutely uncalled for." Spoelstra suggested the incident could have been uglier had Morris been facing Jokic. "This whole thing could have been a whole lot uglier if Markieff was actually facing Jokic," Spoelstra said.
"The fact that he had his back turned and he made a play like that, blindsiding him, just a very dangerous play." After the match, Jokic admitted it was stupid what he did. "It's a stupid play," Jokic told reporters after the game.
"I feel bad. I am not supposed to react that way. ... I thought it was going to be a take foul. ... I think it was a dirty play. And I just needed to protect myself. I felt bad. I am not supposed to react that way, but I need to protect myself."
Jokic later added: "I don't know who showed me the clip, and actually his head snapped back [after the shove], so I feel really bad. ... It's a bad move."