Ole Miss announces Henderson suspension details

Ole Miss media relations sent an email a few minutes ago laying out the details of the Marshall Henderson suspension.

Henderson has been suspended since July when the school said the decision came about for violation of team rules. After that announcement The Wall Street Journal cited police reports in saying that Henderson had been pulled over in May on suspicion of speeding and a small amount of drug possession.

Marshall Henderson

Marshall Henderson

Regarding the suspension, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had said the Henderson, who led the SEC in scoring last season, would miss games but offered no more details.

Today’s announcement says Henderson will miss the exhibition game against South Carolina-Aiken on Nov. 1 and the season opener against Troy on Nov. 8. He will also miss the first two SEC games: at home against Auburn on Jan. 9 and at Mississippi State on Jan. 11.

The release says, “The suspension is a result of Henderson’s total conduct during the 2012-2013 season, SEC and NCAA tournaments and his behavior since the end of the season.”

Kennedy has also said that Henderson has done what has been asked of him during his suspension.

The school issued comments from Kennedy and Henderson:

Henderson: “I want to thank Coach Kennedy, Ross Bjork and the university for giving me an opportunity to rejoin the team. This has been a difficult time for me, and I appreciate this chance. My teammates and I are looking forward to defending our SEC Championship.”

Kennedy has said the Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork would be involved in determining the length and other particulars of Henderson’s suspension.

Kennedy: “I support this decision, and I am thankful to our leadership for allowing Marshall the opportunity to earn the right to rejoin our team. Marshall has been compliant with the process put in place for him since his suspension in early July, and we look forward to him being back on our team.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Gator

    I guess Henderson is only following in the footstep set by his Coach.

    • NT5150

      Henderson makes Renardo Sidney look like a saint. I do not know why any university (especially Ole Miss) would give this thug another chance. Henderson has failed multiple times and has had all the free peepa’ heppin’ any person could ever expect.
      I love my Rebs…but not THUGS.

      • Mike

        I guess our definition of a thug is different. A thug to me is one who commits assaults, rape, theft, etc. Believe it or not, some college kids dabble in alcohol and recreational drugs. I’m not excusing it by any means, but getting out of control with your partying is a little different than being an actual criminal. Now he may have done some of those thugish behaviors at Ole Miss, but I am not aware of any and what he did at other places should not be held against him at a new place trying to start over. His behavior at Ole Miss is what matters to me and he is going to pay for what he’s done. If he has a substance abuse problem, then he needs to get help for it and get it under control so he can be a productive citizen at some point. As long as he gets his head on straight and acts right from now on, then that’s pretty much the end of it as far as I am concerned. Now, if he does it again… It’s probably time to let him go.

        • nonfiction2

          Mike is correct. Henderson’s off-the-court problems all have involved alcohol and/or drugs. Although he relishes the idea of being the ‘bad boy’ of the SEC and feeds off negative energy, thug does not apply here. And I must disagree with NT5150, Sidney assaulted another teammate on national TV! You may not like MH but there’s no comparison here.

          • NT5150

            No harm to Henderson intended, but his antics and continuing drug problems are problematic for himself and Ole Miss. Being a documented dope would apply to both Henderson and Sidney. I hope Henderson proves me wrong because I have always been a fan of redemption. Thanks for the input, guys.

          • nonfiction2

            Personally, I like his cockiness. What he doesn’t realize is that with popularity comes ‘life under a microscope’. Given an inch, more than likely, he prefers a mile. It’s probably a good thing to get things under control. However, you are right NT5150, continued antics soon become a problem for everyone involved. Thus far, all the fame (SEC Tournament Champs & NCAA Tournament run) compared to his perceived character has not passed the satisfaction level of most.

          • NT5150

            Hopefully, Henderson steps up and becomes a true leader. A young man that not only we can be proud of on the court, but off the court as well. Hotty Toddy!

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