|Marshall Henderson's drug past has been a backdrop to his story and also been part of his polarizing appeal. (US Presswire)|
Marshall Henderson's story is becoming the most interesting one in college basketball this season.
The polarizing 22-year-old Mississippi guard had a new portion of his unstable past made public Wednesday night. USA Today reported, after filing a Freedom of Information request with a Texas District Attorney's office, that Henderson was not given probation for a short jail term last winter because he was caught testing positiving for two illegal substances: marijuana and coke.
Although it has been reported that he spent 25 days in jail last spring for violation of the terms of his probation stemming from a 2010 forgery charge related to counterfeit money, court documents obtained this week by USA TODAY Sports detail why that probation was revoked. 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
Ole Miss declined to make Henderson available Wednesday. In an email to USA TODAY Sports, assistant athletic director Kyle Campbell wrote, "We were aware of the issues from Marshall's past when he signed. Those misdemeanor charges have been addressed through the legal process, and there have been no issues since he has been a part of our program."
Henderson is an intriguging figure who is rapidly become more famous by the day due to his antics and shot-taking tendencies. Ole Miss is good, but he and his will-he-blow-up time-bomb personality are what's drawing most fans into watching Rebels hoops for the first time in years and years. He fights with fans and his own team. He's a bit of a loose cannon, and the drug background adds a layer that piques our curiosity.
At the very least, this news means opposing fans just got a big dose of ammo to use against Henderson and Ole Miss for the rest of his career there. Few things like a drug past give student sections giddy reason to get creative with chants and signs. It will be interesting to see how he handles the increasing exposure not only of his talents but of his now-public past with drugs.
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