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Mississippi State coach Rick Ray apologizes for cursing at Marshall Henderson

Jeff Eisenberg
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Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson doesn't merely get under the skin of opposing players or fans.

Rival coaches apparently also have a difficult time keeping their cool around the volatile shooting guard.

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As Henderson slapped hands with his teammates during the closing seconds of an 82-63 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night, TV cameras caught Bulldogs coach Rick Ray saying what appeared to be "[expletive] you" in the direction of the senior guard. Ray apologized for his choice of words the following day.

"I responded inappropriately to an Ole Miss player yesterday in our game," Ray posted on his Instagram account. "I reached out to [Ole Miss] coach [Andy] Kennedy immediately to apologize and subsequently to the player, too. There is no reason for a coach to ever have interaction with an opposing player, ever, regardless of the circumstances. I was more upset with our performance than the player. I was totally at fault."

Henderson finished the game with a line befitting his reputation as a volume shooter, scoring 19 points on 17 shots and hitting just 2 of 12 three pointers. His performance helped Ole Miss avenge a previous loss against the Bulldogs and improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the SEC.

The incident involving Ray is certainly not the first time Henderson's antics have caused a few curse words to fly in his direction. Who could forget the scene at Auburn exactly a year ago Sunday when Henderson taunted some fans and the Tigers crowd let him have it in response?

(Thanks for the video, The Big Lead)

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