It was no secret that Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson spent 25 days in jail last spring, but no one was every quite sure why Henderson had to serve the time. There was an incident in 2009 when Henderson used $800 of counterfeit money to buy weed. Henderson was later charged in 2010 with a forgery charge
While the reason for his jail time was previously up in the air, we now have some insight into the situation thanks to a report that surfaced today.
Henderson violated his probation last January when he tested positive for cocaine.
In January of last year, he tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and alcohol, according to the records provided by the Tarrant County, Texas, District Attorney’s office through a Freedom of Information request.
Those tests follow incidents in 2011 when he failed to meet other terms of the probation, such as community service
Willie Henderson, Henderson’s father, said his son has owned up to his actions and dealt with the consequences.
“If you violate your probation in any form – whether it’s making a phone call on time, making an appointment, sending in a letter, they have so many things you have to do,” Willie Henderson said Monday. “If the judge says you have to have a job, you’re in violation if you don’t. There were some things on there that could be met, and there were some things that couldn’t. He violated his probation so he had to do his time.”
Ole Miss did not comment on the report and Henderson was not available to the media today.
Henderson is one of the most exciting players in college basketball and has seen his popularity skyrocket in the recent weeks. However, the troubled pass leads to questions about maturity and those questions were raised again on Tuesday night when Henderson got into an argument with his head coach on the sideline.
There is also the question of how this could affect Henderson’s draft stock. Some believe he could be a late-round pick, but his past could scare some NBA front offices away.
Does the latest report change how you feel about Henderson as a player or is his on-court willingness to chuck the ball and entertain what matters will continue to stick in your mind?