Mississippi suspends G Henderson indefinitely

Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson has been suspended indefinitely.

In a release Wednesday, the university announced the 6-foot-2 senior from Hurst, Texas, is suspended because of a "violation of team rules," but it did not provide any details about the violations.

"Since the season ended, we have talked a lot about Marshall taking a greater leadership role with our team," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said in a statement. "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."

Henderson averaged 20.1 points per game last season — bombing 3-pointers from nearly every inch of the court. He helped the Rebels win the SEC tournament championship and advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

But the flamboyant guard also was known for his abrasive personality and he quickly became the player opposing teams loved to hate.

Most of Henderson's transgressions were fairly harmless — like popping his jersey at the Auburn crowd after hitting a game-clinching shot — but he rarely missed an opportunity to needle opposing fans.

It's been an eventful offseason for Henderson, but for all the wrong reasons.

He wrote a message in April for the university's website, thanking Ole Miss fans for their support and vaguely apologizing to "anyone I offended." He said he would try to become a better leader in the future.

He was also reprimanded by the NCAA in June for making an "inappropriate gesture" following the Rebels' loss to LaSalle in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Henderson came to Ole Miss with a history of discipline problems. He was arrested in both 2009 and 2011 and served time in jail after the second arrest because he violated his probation. Ole Miss has said the coaches were aware of Henderson's past when he signed with the program.

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HooRay_Vol writes:

Drugs.

bUTch_please writes:

Hope he does what is necessary to gain reinstatement. Just so Maymon can send that smirk to the floor this winter. Little mid-court pick action, possibly a well-timed lane clear-out.

KC_VFL writes:

Thug or Punk... your pick!

MetroplexMojo writes:

Crack is a helluva drug....

voloffaith writes:

Evidently the old "Marshall" has been replaced by Barney Fife's replacement and leniency will not be tolerated......Nipped in "The Bud" so to speak.............hope the kid grows up and doesn't let his lack of current smarts waste an oportunity for professional ball go by the wayside. He is talented and knows it....Pray he gets good counsel and is receptive to it in a positive manner.

TeamXer writes:

Henderson is going to dominate some city rec league for years to come.

notorange writes:

million dollar shot... 5 cent head.

1vavolfan writes:

Hope he gets back, Ole Miss will be down this year and UT will be up. Like him or not, he makes things interesting in a very dull SEC.

Volfan1 writes:

Mama always said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

CoverOrange writes:

Beginning of the end of Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss.

BTW, Ole Miss lost to La Salle in the second round.

volinlouisvilleky writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Hope he gets back, Ole Miss will be down this year and UT will be up. Like him or not, he makes things interesting in a very dull SEC.

"Very dull SEC" as you say, is a result of ESPNerd!

NashvillePreds writes:

In a word: Predictable

Go Vols

SevenT writes:

Dazed and Confused?

Colliervol writes:

I am shocked----NOT. You could see this one coming a mile away. It was reported on radio that he has failed multiple drug tests and it was not Kennedy's decision to suspend him. My only question is how far back these failed tests go. As far as I'm concerned, he's a no class loudmouth thug who has no business being in college, much less representing a university.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Could not have have happened to a bigger AH..No empathy from this neck of the wood.

Prostar writes:

So UM was aware of his past but signed him anyway, this is what happens when you sell your soul for some "W's". As Jeremiah Wright put it, "their chickens have come home to roost". On another front UM had a fb player play in 6 games who was academically ineligible. Does that mean they have to forfeit those games.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

Crack is a helluva drug....

LMAO! One of my favorite DC shows. You just can't make that (stuff) up.

NYvolFan writes:

in response to KC_VFL:

Thug or Punk... your pick!

Punk AND Thug...He would never play for me...wouldn't last 5 minutes...Kennedy is a punk too!

WhiteHotBleedOrange writes:

Who saw this coming from this young man that stresses decorum and sportsmanship? Geesh!

volforeverandever writes:

Will be suspended till practice starts,then will have earned his way back on the team as he has taken the appropriate steps to be back on the team.He has learned from his mistakes and is so sorry.Translation is he will not miss any games.

thevoice writes:

A myriad of transgressions hath a myriad of consequences... Proverbs something:something. Or Pat Summit circa 198x.

Hope the little feller changes. Otherwise a squander of God-given talent.

dvols writes:

we talkin about ole miss....really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss......really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss.....really

fearthehound writes:

Kennedy will get him reinstated just in time--count on it. He made his choice when he brought his punk-@$$ in.

tennrich1 writes:

Classic example of a kid on a self destructive road the whole way and you're driving up beside him before its too late to talk him into growing up...when you make it ALL ABOUT YOU as Marshall has done it becomes ALL ABOUT YOU when you crash and burn...not the first time and wont be the last...

ColdBlackWind writes:

What a fool. Look what happens when this kind of behavior is ignored or re-inforced= Hernandez.

AtopTheHill06 writes:

in response to dvols:

we talkin about ole miss....really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss......really we talkin about ole miss.....really we talkin about ole miss.....really

This ^^
+1

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Kennedy will get him reinstated just in time--count on it. He made his choice when he brought his punk-@$$ in.

Although -it might be, just might be- the Mississippi powers that be have decided they ain't gonna have him around no more. Seems on or off court, apart from putting up points, he's an embarassment. No tellin how disruptive his 'hot head' is in practice. Instead of being a team leader, I can easily believe he's a team destroyer. Indefinite suspension is one goof up from, "Yer outta here!"

kyvol98 writes:

Andy Kennedy is so mad at him he went out and punched a cab driver

usafvol writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Did you say something little girl?

johnlg00 writes:

No question Henderson is a charismatic but polarizing figure. To many fans, he exemplifies the "look at ME!" attitude that pollutes society in general and sports in particular. However, what is the worst thing--we know of--that he's done? Show bad manners? Does he belong in the same category as Aaron Hernandez? If he played for UT, many of us would be either cheering him on or making excuses for him. I HOPE the Vols have somebody who can take emotional leadership of the team the way Henderson did for OM, though hopefully with a little less provoking of refs and opposing players and fans.

rbwtn writes:

You never know how Great you have it until you don't have it anymore. He's no better than you or me except in his own mind. Another one bites the dust.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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FU is like 0&3 aginst UT/CCM..Bwaahahahahahaha!

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Did you always know that you were going to be a loser when you were growing up?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

No question Henderson is a charismatic but polarizing figure. To many fans, he exemplifies the "look at ME!" attitude that pollutes society in general and sports in particular. However, what is the worst thing--we know of--that he's done? Show bad manners? Does he belong in the same category as Aaron Hernandez? If he played for UT, many of us would be either cheering him on or making excuses for him. I HOPE the Vols have somebody who can take emotional leadership of the team the way Henderson did for OM, though hopefully with a little less provoking of refs and opposing players and fans.

I disagree about my rooting for Henderson if he were playing for UT. Sure, i'll take wins, but personally i can't stand the punk and would never fully endorse him away from the uniform. His actions don't represent me or anyone that has class or respect for your opponent.

Ayres_Hall writes:

He'll be back before the season starts. Ole Miss has nothing else... nothing.

vegtown357 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

No question Henderson is a charismatic but polarizing figure. To many fans, he exemplifies the "look at ME!" attitude that pollutes society in general and sports in particular. However, what is the worst thing--we know of--that he's done? Show bad manners? Does he belong in the same category as Aaron Hernandez? If he played for UT, many of us would be either cheering him on or making excuses for him. I HOPE the Vols have somebody who can take emotional leadership of the team the way Henderson did for OM, though hopefully with a little less provoking of refs and opposing players and fans.

???

Watch a game and we have a player named Jordan McRae that does it without showing his buttox.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I disagree about my rooting for Henderson if he were playing for UT. Sure, i'll take wins, but personally i can't stand the punk and would never fully endorse him away from the uniform. His actions don't represent me or anyone that has class or respect for your opponent.

I'm going to disagree with your sentiments a little bit. I have no issue with Marshall's on-court antics. There's a line out there and Marshall does step close to it. Just wondering if you had any issue with Irvin's or Deion's antics when they played with the Cowboys. Marshall is an emotional player and he plays better with the chaos around him. In those types of situations, some players fold and some players excel. He is trying to gain a competitive advantage. Just like opposing fans relish the opportunity to shut him up, Marshall is fueled by the desire to shut up the opponent's fans.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I disagree about my rooting for Henderson if he were playing for UT. Sure, i'll take wins, but personally i can't stand the punk and would never fully endorse him away from the uniform. His actions don't represent me or anyone that has class or respect for your opponent.

Well, as I said, I am not an admirer of his manners. He is a showboat, but he doesn't mind taking big shots and risking failure. There can be no question that Ole Miss was a FAR more formidable opponent with him than without him. I don't like how he does it, but I do like the way he steps up, takes charge, says "follow me", accepts blame, and the team overachieves. Every team needs somebody who can do that.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I'm going to disagree with your sentiments a little bit. I have no issue with Marshall's on-court antics. There's a line out there and Marshall does step close to it. Just wondering if you had any issue with Irvin's or Deion's antics when they played with the Cowboys. Marshall is an emotional player and he plays better with the chaos around him. In those types of situations, some players fold and some players excel. He is trying to gain a competitive advantage. Just like opposing fans relish the opportunity to shut him up, Marshall is fueled by the desire to shut up the opponent's fans.

Very well said. You don't have to like everything about a guy to recognize that he has an impact, that he has a positive influence on the team's success. I didn't like Detroit's "Bad Boys" back in the 90's, but they knew how they wanted to play and as long as the refs or the other team didn't stop them or match them, they were hard to beat. And so on; there are countless examples. Henderson is hard to love, but some things about him are easy to respect.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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I was correcting a factual error in the article. I don't know what you are doing other than being a pr!ck.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say to quote the immortal Allen Iverson. "Practice? we talking about Practice man..we're not talking about games..Practice! We're talking about Practice...not the Game..Practice!" Witch Doctor say for Ole Miss to do this he must have had a barge off the coast or bales under his bed..but only Practice! not the games...
Bones never lie.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I'm going to disagree with your sentiments a little bit. I have no issue with Marshall's on-court antics. There's a line out there and Marshall does step close to it. Just wondering if you had any issue with Irvin's or Deion's antics when they played with the Cowboys. Marshall is an emotional player and he plays better with the chaos around him. In those types of situations, some players fold and some players excel. He is trying to gain a competitive advantage. Just like opposing fans relish the opportunity to shut him up, Marshall is fueled by the desire to shut up the opponent's fans.

Funny you should ask me about the Pokes. I hated MI at Miami and when Dallas drafted him in 1988 i was apalled. I will say this about Michael, we had a charity event for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office in 1995. The man volunteered many hours donating his time for our fundraiser and changed my perception of him off the field.

antonio14313 writes:

this is unfortunate. kinda liked the guy! college basketball could use his flair.

go vols.

t

johnlg00 writes:

in response to vegtown357:

???

Watch a game and we have a player named Jordan McRae that does it without showing his buttox.

Hmmm, not sure about that. I may not be expressing myself clearly. I like Jordan as a player--better than I like Henderson for that matter--but Henderson's leadership was, well, something else. Some people can't see past Henderson's rather unappealing exterior to see the thing that is in him that HIS team seems visibly to respond to. Jordan is expressive on the court, but it doesn't seem to have quite the same effect on the team. Actually, I think the Vols are in pretty good shape for leadership with McRae and Maymon. Henderson is just, well, a different case.

abnerPeabody writes:

Indefinitely simply means he will not practice with the team until a couple of weeks before opening tip off.He will be in the starting line up opening day.Being suspended indefinitely only applies to those that the Coaches want to get rid of anyway.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Evidently the old "Marshall" has been replaced by Barney Fife's replacement and leniency will not be tolerated......Nipped in "The Bud" so to speak.............hope the kid grows up and doesn't let his lack of current smarts waste an oportunity for professional ball go by the wayside. He is talented and knows it....Pray he gets good counsel and is receptive to it in a positive manner.

Don't think for one minute that he is wasting a shot at a pro career. If he is not locked up in jail somewhere,he will play pro ball providing he is good enough to make a roster.Character means very little to pro or college teams.

CoverOrange writes:

It was a symbiotic relationship. Henderson liked riling the fans in the stands and the fans in the stands liked razzing Henderson. Like trolls. If the fans in the stands had ignored his antics he probably wouldn't have done them as much and probably not played as well.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Beginning of the end of Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss.

BTW, Ole Miss lost to La Salle in the second round.

i said the same thing, but, technically, the NCAA considers the "play in game" as the actual first round game (they're the ones that are held on that tuesday and wednesday, in dayton, before the real action begins that thursday in march madness). i say get rid of the "first round" games and go back to just 64 teams.

t

antonio14313 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I'm going to disagree with your sentiments a little bit. I have no issue with Marshall's on-court antics. There's a line out there and Marshall does step close to it. Just wondering if you had any issue with Irvin's or Deion's antics when they played with the Cowboys. Marshall is an emotional player and he plays better with the chaos around him. In those types of situations, some players fold and some players excel. He is trying to gain a competitive advantage. Just like opposing fans relish the opportunity to shut him up, Marshall is fueled by the desire to shut up the opponent's fans.

well put! i also play with emotion, and can relate with how henderson plays. but, off the court, ya gotta keep it civil. in a nutshell, just say no! ;)

t

antonio14313 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Funny you should ask me about the Pokes. I hated MI at Miami and when Dallas drafted him in 1988 i was apalled. I will say this about Michael, we had a charity event for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office in 1995. The man volunteered many hours donating his time for our fundraiser and changed my perception of him off the field.

spot on. michael irvin is a great example of how to be a great player and somewhat of a showboat on the field, and still be able to back it up, but a class act off of the field. well, for the most part. i can't see henderson volunteering for anything anywhere, like you say irvin did. but, let's be real, henderson IS still young, and still has time on his side. hopefully he turns things around...

(did anyone see the ESPN special on him that aired during the tournament? that segment motivated me to kinda root for the guy. his life has been full of troubles from the start! gotta root for a kid to turn things around, even if ya hate him, and he's not even on your team...)

t

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