Ole Miss University suspended star basketball player Marshall Henderson Wednesday after a violation of team rules. According to CBS Sports, Henderson failed a drug test. Actually, multiple failed drug tests according to ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman.Henderson was named the Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP, and led the SEC in scoring last year. This season, it looks that Henderson will be spending time in rehab rather than on the court.
Before, the Ole Miss guard was known for his performance, and antics on the court. Auburn fans will never forget Henderson “popping” his jersey to them after he sank the game-winning free throws with 6.5 seconds left. Henderson also showed he does not handle losing well by “flipping the bird” to Lasalle fans after Ole Miss was ousted in the third round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Now Henderson will be known for his actions off the court. There is a reason why Henderson attended four different colleges. According to USA Today, Henderson was arrested for forgery when he was a senior in high school. Henderson was arrested again in 2009 and 2011. Once for trying to buy marijuana with counterfeit money, CBS reported, and the other for violating his probation from the previous crime by testing positive cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol.
Ole Miss was already aware of Henderson’s issues off the court. Despite his past, ESPN reported that Ole Miss was still hoping Henderson could become a leader for their basketball team this year. Coach Andy Kennedy said, “Since the season ended, we have talked a lot about Marshall taking a greater leadership role with our team. With that comes greater responsibility, and he must do a better job of living up to the high standard we expect from him and he desires for himself.”
Maybe their standards were set too high.