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Ole Miss’ Henderson Will Miss 3 Games Due To Suspension, But He Shouldn’t Be Playing At All

marshall-henderson-feigning-a-jSo does this make it his fourth second-chance?

Ole Miss announced this morning that Marshall Henderson — the most rebellious Rebel in Oxford — will miss a total of three regular-season games following his summer suspension.  In July, Henderson was indefinitely put on ice by head coach Andy Kennedy and the UM administration for his “total conduct during the 2012-13 season, SEC and NCAA Tournaments, and his behavior since the end of the season.”

Is that all?

Actually, multiple reports have tied Henderson’s suspension to multiple fail drug tests and at least one run-in with the Mississippi 5-0.  On May 4th, Oxford police found trace amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his car, but the player was not arrested.

Boys will be boys, right, Coach Kennedy?

 

“I support this decision (to suspend Henderson for three games), and I am thankful to our leadership for allowing Marshall the opportunity to earn the right to rejoin our team.  Marshall has been compliant with the process put in place for him since his suspension in early July, and we look forward to him being back on our team.”

 

Well, that’ll learn him.

The one-man Molotov cocktail will sit for the Rebels’ opener against Troy as well as the team’s first two SEC contests against Auburn and Mississippi State in January.  He’ll also be out for Friday’s exhibition game against South Carolina-Aiken.  (Clay Aiken has a school named after him?)

Henderson is on his fourth school and his record for on-court taunts and obscene gestures is topped only by his rap sheet.  He’s already been popped for using money he’d counterfeited — just roll that one around in your head for a few minutes — to purchase marijuana.  There have been other marijuana- and cocaine-related issues.  He failed a drug test which violated his probation for the counterfeiting caper which led to him spending 25 days in the hoosegow back in February 2012.

Incredibly, ESPN.com’s Andy Katz writes today that Henderson “has sworn off drugs and alcohol for the season.”  So… party at Henderson’s place come April?

In all seriousness, here’s hoping Henderson cleans up his act and gives some NBA franchise a reason to roll the dice on him.  But he shouldn’t be playing basketball at Ole Miss.  Andy Kennedy rode Henderson’s talents into the NCAA Tournament last year, possibly saving the coach’s job.  But if Henderson couldn’t hit a jump shot the coach wouldn’t dare have a thing to do with a kid whose arrest record is longer than his own.

The University of Mississippi deserves all the ridicule it will get on this one.  This isn’t about second chances in life, it’s about improving a basketball team.  To be sure, Ole Miss is hardly the first school to give a star athlete umpteen lives, but it’s the school making such a decision today.  So to everyone from Kennedy to AD Ross Bjork to university chancellor Dan Jones, you guys get a big raspberry on this one.

Ole Miss had better hope that Henderson finally makes good on one of his promises to change his ways.  The school has just decided to make him the poster boy for the Uniiversity of Mississippi from November through April.

What could go wrong?

 

(SIDENOTE — The photo at left is not of Henderson popping a J, it’s a screengrab of him feigning to a smoke an altogether different kind of J during last year’s NCAA Tournament.  Nice.)

 


8 comments
TMI74
TMI74

The "star treatment" is alive and well in Oxford. We all know that star athletes are treated differently from everyone else from little league on up. Then we wonder why so many of them are so screwed up when they make to college and/or the pros.      

Just the Bear
Just the Bear

Dude, as a measure of the things that are important to you...  I had no idea who Clay Aiken is/was.  Had to look up his bio.  Nice.  So apparently when you are not ranting about things SEC, you are tuned in to American Idol.  The cultural desert that you call home couldn't be prouder.

UT98BCSChamps
UT98BCSChamps

Not well versed in the matters of law, but shouldn't he be behind bars with that record? Wow, ole miss looks really bad in letting the guy play. Did they take a vote for him too?

Mike007
Mike007

Why ban an athlete from participation on the basis of mental illness?  His behavior is manageable through medication and therapy.

the_voice
the_voice

It appears that Henderson's punishment is a little over twice that of similarly immature Johnny Manziel. (Manziel 1/2 game of 12 = 4.17% of the regular season. Henderson 3 games of 34 = 8.82% of the regular season).

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@Just the Bear 

I can actually state for the record that I have never watched 10 seconds of any "American Idol" broadcast.  But by watching sports on FOX, I've been bombarded with enough promos for the show that I can probably name you every pseudo-celebrity that show has produced.  Ditto "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor" on CBS.

Thanks for reading the site,

John

bigreb
bigreb

@the_voice Sorry, I wasn't aware of Manziel's drug use on multiple occasions. Surely you jest on the similarly front?
 

the_voice
the_voice

@bigreb @the_voice You're right about that point, bigreb. Henderson flaunts the drug laws. Manziel flaunts the NCAA rules regarding amateurism (and maybe US income tax laws?). What Henderson does damages himself. What Manziel does damages his sport (and maybe cheats his country). Frankly, I think both should be watching from the sideline this season.

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