It was reported on Wednesday that Marshall Henderson was suspended for a violation of team rules by Ole Miss, and it was speculated that it was for a failed drug test. While that has yet to be confirmed by the university of Henderson himself, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it may also include a traffic stop in May where police found marijuana and cocaine in the vehicle that Henderson was driving.
Henderson was pulled over May 4 on suspicion of speeding, and Oxford Police officer Shane Fortner smelled marijuana in Henderson’s vehicle, according to the police report. Henderson gave Fortner a bag containing “a small nugget of marijuana,” according to Fortner’s report, and a search by a police dog turned up a clear plastic bag that contained “a small amount of what appeared to be cocaine,” a report from another officer, Mark Hodges, said.
Hodges’s report notes that the district attorney wouldn’t prosecute if the bag contained less than one-tenth of a gram of cocaine.
Henderson was cited for no proof of liability insurance and given a court date of May 15, Fortner’s report said. It wasn’t immediately clear how the citation was adjudicated. No other charges were filed against Henderson.
While there will be several jokes going around about Henderson, it appears that he needs serious help, and hopefully he seeks it and receives whatever is offered to him. This is not he first time that Henderson has been busted for drugs, as his struggles go back to high school. He was placed on probation for trying to buy $800 (59 grams) worth of marijuana with counterfeit money prior to graduating from high school. He then failed a drug test, testing positive for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine while on probation, leading him to spend 25 days in jail.
It appeared that after a winding road with his college basketball career, that Henderson had righted his ship as far as his off-the-court issues. He was still seen as goofball or an instigator this past season while leading the Rebels in scoring with 20.1 PPG. He antagonized rival fans, including those of the Florida Gators, when he led Ole Miss to the SEC Tournament Championship by doing the Florida ritual of Gator Chomping. He also was seen cussing and flipping off the crowd of Ole Miss’ second round loss at the NCAA Tournament.
UPDATED: Henderson had three PREVIOUS run-ins with police shortly before to the May 4th incident.
This past offseason, Henderson has tweeted about his bromance with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, his desire to help Amanda Bynes and he issued a statement in April that he was returning to be a leader at Ole Miss. It appears he has a long way to go with that. Even after being suspended yesterday, he managed to engage Fox Sports’ personality Erin Andrews on Twitter after she tweeted about his suspension.