Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson‘s indefinite suspension for violating unspecified team rules is allegedly drug related.
The 20-points-per game scorer led the Rebels to to the SEC tournament championship (their first SEC title since 1981) and then onto the NCAA “March Madness” national tournament for the first time since 2002. Henderson, a junior at the time, was also named the SEC tournament MVP.
CBS Sports claims that Henderson’s suspension from the school’s basketball team that was announced on Wednesday “is related to failed drug tests that has Henderson’s future with the SEC school legitimately in jeopardy.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Oxford, MIss., police pulled over Henderson in early May and found small amounts of marijuana and what appeared to be cocaine in his car. Henderson was only cited for not having proof of insurance, however. The search was apparently prompted by the smell of pot coming from the vehicle. The police report of the incident noted that “the district attorney wouldn’t prosecute if the bag contained less than one-tenth of a gram of cocaine.” Henderson was reportedly very cooperative with officers during the stop.
In a statement about the suspension, head coach Andy Kennedy said that “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.”
ESPN reports that Henderson’s suspension had been “brewing for a few weeks” according to an unnamed source but that the star guard can seek reinstatement to the basketball team if he meets certain conditions.
CBS Sports notes Henderson’s controversial reputation in that he “became one of college basketball’s most polarizing players by constantly taunting crowds and trash-talking during games.”
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