News emerged on Wednesday afternoon that Ole Miss star guard Marshall Henderson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The news quickly circulated around Twitter given the celebrity-like status that Henderson earned with his antics and on the court play this past season.
Henderson, who burst onto the scene this past year with Ole Miss, has had a troubling past, but things were apparently finally working out for him in Oxford. He averaged 20.1 points this past season, his first with Ole Miss. However, Henderson’s antics took center stage, all the way throughout the season and into the team’s third round elimination game in the NCAA Tournament when he flipped off fans on his way out.
It remains to be seen how long Henderson will be suspended for, but it was reported that it was because of a failed drug test. Henderson opted to return to Ole Miss for his senior season and college basketball fans have to be thrilled about getting to see him on the court once again during the 2013-14 season. Why? Simply because Henderson presents that, “what will he do next” feel each and every game and that’s exciting — end of story.
Henderson’s antics though have also presented a feeling in which many people are not stunned one bit that he has now been suspended. If he wants to be on the court next season, he will have to earn it though, so this is a good off-season message for head coach Andy Kennedy to send.
The ironic thing here though is that Kennedy was quickly approaching the hot seat in his own right before the Rebels, who were led by Henderson, made a run to the Big Dance this past March.
Henderson needs Ole Miss, but Ole Miss (Kennedy especially) needs Henderson.
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