When Ole Miss lost to LaSalle on Sunday night and exited the NCAA Tournament in the second round (it’s not the “third round,” NCAA), Marshall Henderson reacted just as you’d probably expect — by throwing a tantrum.
As the video below shows, first, he kicked a box of Powerade bottles across the floor. He’s probably not the first basketball player to kick drinks, but he appears to be the only one who did so after Sunday’s game.
Then he threw up a pair of middle fingers at fans in the stands. An Ole Miss aide rushed to his side and knocked his hands down, trying to cover the dual birds. Asked about the issue, Henderson said, “When someone yells, ‘Your sister’s a whore, you (expletive) coke head, at at time like that, I’m always the one to react.” (Booing is heard on the video, but short of some Gene Hackman work a la “The Conversation,” it’s impossible to make out individual yells from the stands.)
This is hardly new stuff for the controversial, emotional, combustible hero of the Magnolia State. Fans should probably get ready for another year of his taunts and celebrations, too. As we told you yesterday, his draft stock is nowhere near the NBA first-round level. And as we told you in this morning’s headlines, CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel said an Ole Miss source told him Henderson is a 99% lock to return to Oxford for his senior season.
Doyel also suggests that Henderson could be the face of college basketball next year. With added media scrutiny, added pressure to carry his team with Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner gone, and added attention from opponents, one must wonder if Henderson becoming the face of the sport is a good thing for the sport. Or for Ole Miss. Or for Henderson.