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Marshall Henderson reportedly tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, leading to jail time last year

marshall henderson auburn fansMarshall Henderson has drawn attention this season for exhibiting colorful behavior and stellar skills while leading Ole Miss to success.

The junior guard is averaging 19.3 points per game and has helped the Rebels go 17-3. He received attention after taunting Auburn’s fans during a win over the Tigers last weekend, and his fiery personality was on display when he threw some ice off the court during a loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Many college basketball fans only learned of Henderson in recent months because he has bounced around during his career; Ole Miss is his fourth college. Henderson is also overcoming a troubled past.

It was commonly known that Henderson was busted for buying 57 grams of marijuana using $800 of counterfeit money while a high school senior in May 2009. He also tried exchanging $100 of counterfeit money for real money. It was also known that Henderson spent 25 days in jail last year, though the reason was not specified.

On Wednesday, USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach explained why.

According to USA Today, Henderson was ultimately charged with a misdemeanor forgery charge after giving a statement to Secret Service agents in 2010 concerning the 2009 incident. He was on deferred adjudicated probation for two years (the charge would have come off his record if he followed his probation), but he violated it on eight counts. He reportedly tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol last year and was sentenced to four months in jail. He reportedly served 25 days in jail and seven weekends on work release.

Between his legal problems and play on the court, it’s easy to see that Henderson has that wild child attitude.

Marshall Henderson throws ice at student section (Video)

marshall hendersonOle Miss guard Marshall Henderson has become known for being a controversial figure in college basketball. The junior guard from Hurst, Texas, is averaging over 19 points per game and has led the Rebels to a 17-2 record and 6-0 start in the SEC. During Tuesday’s matchup between Ole Miss and Kentucky, Henderson didn’t wait long to show his fiery side.

A piece of ice supposedly was thrown on the court by someone from the Ole Miss student section about seven minutes into the game. Henderson picked it up and fired it back at the student section.

Henderson began his career at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech, and ended up at a junior college last season. He left Texas Tech without playing a game there after Pat Knight was fired, and he led South Plains college to a 36-0 record last season.

In his first season with Ole Miss, Henderson has made headlines for his brash behavior, which included taunting Auburn’s fans after making two free throws to beat the Tigers on Saturday:

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Basketball Holy War Turns into a Fight

Max Hall famously ripped into Utah following the Holy War during football season, calling them classless and saying he hated everything about them. That sort of venom seemed to pour over into the basketball matchup on Saturday in Provo, a game that was won by BYU 82-69. The Cougars had the win in the bag in the final minute but that’s when some drama broke out. Utah freshman Marshall Henderson was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds and he threw it into Jonathan Tavernari’s face. Tavernari was upset with how hard the ball was thrown so he began to have words with Henderson. Henderson then flailed his arm in a get away from me type of motion and his hand landed on the face of Jackson Emery who did a nice flop. Check out this video from the crowd around the 1:00 mark:

The refs got things under control pretty quickly as you saw, and Henderson wound up being ejected. It’s unclear whether his motive was to strike Emery but it doesn’t matter — raising his arm like that endangered another player and he has to suffer the consequence. With another meeting between the teams coming up on March 3rd, you know there will be plenty of bad blood to go around.