Well, if the Wall Street Journal is correct, Marshall Henderson might be done playing basketball for quite a while. While he was pulled over back in May, the news of this incident have only really come out in the past couple of days.
On May 4, Henderson was pulled over by police for speeding. When the cop came to Henderson’s window, the police smelled marijuana coming from the car. After bringing in the search dogs, the cops also found a bag that looked like it contained small amounts of cocaine. The bag was an amount small enough that he wouldn’t brought up in the court of law.
Henderson was only charged for driving without proof of insurance, the court date for which was May 15. Ole Miss’ coach, Andy Kennedy, released a statement regarding Henderson yesterday.
“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 from himself.”
Legally, it sounds like Henderson is not in any immediate trouble, which on a personal basis, is a good thing. However, for the Ole Miss Rebels, this is not good news at all. One of their players, their star player and the one who attracts the most media attention has gotten himself in trouble. If this were the first time, it might be a bit easier to excuse but as he has gotten himself in hot water more than once while at Ole Miss, this may spell the end for him.
Henderson has said multiple times since last season ended that he wanted to be more responsible, become a leader for his team and change the public perception of him. Getting pulled over for speeding in a car that contains marijuana and cocaine is probably the worst way to go about doing that.
It is undeniable that Henderson is important to the Rebels. He averaged 20.1 points per game last year and his fiery temper and attitude has been the driving force for many Ole Miss wins. As he deals with this new issue, it might be the end of his NCAA career, if it is, while it may be unfortunate, it will have been completely his own fault. Hopefully Henderson learns from this, finds a way to truly change and becomes happy with himself. At that point who knows, he may end up finding a role playing basketball somewhere and make money off the game that he loves to play.