He might not start for the Montana Grizzlies, but forward Kevin Henderson does have a role with the 16-4 Griz, and it’s not a cheerleader.
Following a DUI arrest on Sunday, Henderson was cited as having a blood-alcohol level greater than the .02 limit for drivers under 21. Henderson, a sophomore, is only 20.
His 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game will surely not be missed a great deal by Montana, who is 12-0 in the Big Sky Conference. They will, however, have to account for his 12+ minutes per game, for at least one game. He was suspended for Thursday’s game with Northern Colorado.
Whenever an athlete–professional or amateur–gets arrested for a DWI or DUI, it immediately brings me to one thought–selfishness. They’ve got a great thing going on in Missoula and for one player to think he’s above the law and the team boggles my mind but it happens quite often.
Head coach Wayne Tinkle hopes Henderson will learn from this and sends a message to the rest of his squad–this kind of behavior is unacceptable.
12-0 is 12-0. They’re on the verge of back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a third trip in the last four seasons. This is the kind of selfish behavior that can derail that kind of success, and for schools like Montana, every bit of success is important.
They say any press is good press, but if you’re on the business end of a DUI, it gives you and your program a black eye. Let’s hope Henderson can learn from this and the Griz can continue their dominance.