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Report: Ole Miss contacted Chris Herren about Marshall Henderson

Jul 11, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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I wrote about Marshall Henderson earlier today, following an indefinite suspension that was handed out by Ole Miss on Wednesday following what was reported to be multiple failed drug tests, and how the worst decision that Ole Miss could make at this point would be to kick him off the team and out of the program.

The premise?

Henderson has more going on than simply being a bad apple. Substance abuse issues are not an easy thing to deal with, and based on what has been reported and what we know about his previous behavior, I think it’s quite obvious that Henderson has substance abuse issues.

Is he an addict?

I don’t know, but it’s not a good sign that Ole Miss made a call to Chris Herren, a recovering addict that was the subject of the “30 for 30” ‘Unguarded’. From Andy Katz:

According to multiple sources, an Ole Miss assistant coach called Herren about six weeks ago and gave him Henderson’s phone number. Herren called Henderson, left a message and expected a return call. But Henderson never called back.

Due to privacy issues, neither Herren nor Ole Miss can discuss their reason for trying to connect. But ESPN and multiple media reports confirmed Wednesday that the rising senior guard and the SEC’s leading scorer from last season was suspended indefinitely for failing multiple drug tests.

No one outside of Ole Miss and Henderson seem to know what, exactly, is going on here, but if the coaching staff is calling on Herren, it’s a sign to me that this is more than just a kid that parties too much.

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  1. metalhead65 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    so when does it become henderson’s problem? seriously this guy is a senior and not some freshman experiancing freedom for the first time and making bad decisions. if he has failed multiple tests then I am sure they have tried to help him out before now. he has had his chances and blown them now it’s time to face the consequences of his actions. the team should not be held hostage to him as to whether he will be able to play or not game to game. time to move on and hope he gets it together but ultimately it is up to him to be a man and turn it around.

  2. barnesaintnoble - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Give me a break. I actually like Marshall Henderson. But this is just one example of a blatant double standard. If a black athlete gets caught/tests positive for smoking weed or doing cocaine, he is labeled a thug and is likely off the team. But Josh Hamilton? “Oh poor guy is suffering from an addiction and has a legitimate substance abuse problem.” And then when he’s clean (to our knowledge) it’s this whole sob story on how he overcame. Same deal here, I love watching Henderson play/talk and having him on the team will probably get Ole Miss on national television more times than they actually deserve (which is another reason he won’t get the boot). However, if they want to be fair and unbiased, he probably has to go.

  3. barkleyblows - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM


    Biggest DBag of the year. Loser

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