Marshall Henderson sparks controversy with Sam tweets
The former Ole Miss star is still opinionated and polarizing as ever. And what he tweeted this morning will receive backlash.
When Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams made history Saturday night, it was an obviously significant moment.
But the coverage of Sam's emotional and natural reaction to a lifelong dream coming true has let us know once again that Twitter can be the worst enemy for bigots. It's also the best tool to expose them. You knew TV coverage of Sam kissing his boyfriend would dupe a few dopes into tweeting something regrettable.
And that has happened.
First we saw a Miami Dolphins defensive back get suspended for his reaction to coverage of Sam's big moment. And on Monday morning, former Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson opted to chime in and let his opinion be known -- or so we were led to believe. A tweet from his account:
Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty ass shit is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!! #SICKENING— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Henderson's done playing college basketball, so he won't be receiving any punishment from the school.
On Monday morning, after Henderson's tweet, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork tweeted the following:
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all......— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it....— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
Shortly after Henderson's initial tweet went viral, though, he thumbed out a few more thoughts -- and some supposed background -- on the situation and the blowback he's taking. He's claiming it was all in the name of a pyschology project for a friend/classmate. This is a new one. And even if it was the plan all along, it did some damage to Henderson's already hindered reputation.
Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
POINT #3: Who is the worse person, me for what I said or any of the HUNDREDS who just cursed me?? LOL uh oh... #ThisIsFun— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
One of my best friends, WHO IS GAY, is about to graduate in psychology, asked me to say these things so he can have responses ... TBC— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
The point of his study was to see how people react when others say things or act a certain way against another group of people ... TBC— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
He chose gays because of how he relates to it and has to live it EVERYDAY of his life ... He asked me because he knew I would get incredible— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
As far as what I said, Totally was 100% for the project ... as far as my ACTUAL views - its irrelevant because its gonna happen regardless!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Sorry for messing with everyone like that!!! Everyone really helped my boy AND FOR THAT WE ARE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE!!!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Henderson is not expected to be drafted in his sport in June.
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