Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, suspended indefinitely from the basketball team Wednesday for a violation of team rules, reportedly was pulled over in May with what appeared to be cocaine and marijuana in his car.
The Wall Street Journal reported those details Thursday, citing an Oxford, Miss., police report. The school didn’t divulge the reason for the suspension, and the Journal said Henderson could not be reached for comment.
According to the police report, Henderson was pulled over May 4 on suspicion of speeding, and Officer Shane Fortner smelled marijuana in his vehicle. Henderson gave Fortner a bag containing “a small nugget of marijuana,” according to his report, and a police dog’s search yielded a plastic bag that contained “a small amount of what appeared to be cocaine,” said a report from another officer, Mark Hodges. The latter report notes the district attorney wouldn’t prosecute if the bag contained less than a tenth of a gram of cocaine.
Henderson was cited for no proof of liability insurance, but no other charges were filed.
He averaged 20.1 points 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.
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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 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.