After a season in which he gator-chomped down the court at Florida, taunted students at Auburn and posed for photos pounding every brand of light beer imaginable, Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson had one last surprise in store.
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On Wednesday afternoon, he apologized.
In a letter to Ole Miss fans announcing he will return to school for his senior season, Henderson also addressed his oft-discussed volatile behavior on and off the floor. He didn't specifically reference any one instance, but the high-scoring guard expressed the desire to be a better leader for his team as a senior.
"The spotlight on the court means my actions affect more than just me, and I need to show my teammates that I can be a leader for this team. I play the game with a lot of passion, and sometimes that passion boils over. I take responsibility for my actions this season and apologize to anyone I offended. However, my edge on the court has made me the player that I am. I can’t change that, but I do understand that I can take things too far.
"I have come to understand this year that I represent this team and this university, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard than people in the stands, because I am a student-athlete at Ole Miss."
The letter from Henderson comes 10 days after his most blatant and high-profile misstep. When a handful of fans in Kansas City booed him as he walked off the court following a round of 32 NCAA tournament loss to La Salle, the Ole Miss star raised both arms and flipped off the entire arena before an assistant coach yanked him into the tunnel.Read More »from Marshall Henderson apologizes for his behavior in a letter to Ole Miss fans