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Henderson A Necessary Villain? What A Weak Defense Of Poor Behavior

marshall-henderson-coors-lightYou either love him or you hate him.

If you’re an Ole Miss fan or a columnist in need of a topic sure to generate a response, you love him.

If you believe there’s a difference between showing emotion and showing your arse then you probably hate him.

Rebel basketball star Marshall Henderson is the boldest provocateur to hit a college basketball court since… well… uh.  Who else has ever jumped on a scorer’s table at his conference’s tournament, taken a faux joint from his mouth and tossed it to the ground on national television, and snapped his jersey in the faces of opposing players, coaches and fans?  Some might have done one.  Henderson is the guy who’s done all.  And more.

From his shark fin finger gesture after a made trey to his off-court insults — “They’re losers.” – to his on-the-verge-of-a-technical interactions with officials, there’s never been anyone quite so far over the top as Ole Miss’ talented gunner.

When I said over the weekend that I thought Henderson was the most classless player to ever take to the  hardwood, a number of my friends in the media chafed.  Yet when I asked them for the name of any other college basketballer who’s come close to doing as much taunting as Henderson has done I was met with stares.

Followed by a change of subjects.

The shame of it all is that Henderson is a phenomenal basketball player.  His talents and energetic leadership should be the talk of the sporting world rather than his temperament.  And if he showed any remorse at all for the actions that have led him through four schools (and jail) in four years, his would be one of those tried and true sports/redemption stories that we all love to sop up like Southern gravy.  “He’s overcome so much and turned his life around,” we’d coo.

Instead, Henderson just throws his past in everyone’s face as part of his schtick.  Sorry?  Please.  The arrest record is good for his rep, dudes.

But Henderson’s actions aren’t just fodder for water-cooler talk.  They’re capable of inciting a riot.  After rubbing a Friday night victory into the faces of Missouri’s team (and then complaining that the Tiger players weren’t good enough sports to shake his hand), Henderson had this to say:

 

“People take it so seriously that it’s funny for a little white guy like me to just come around, talk trash to people and the fans.  Like, what are you going to do in the stands?  What am I going to do on the court to you in the stands?  It’s funny just to mess with people.”

 

Yes, it’s funny right up to the point that some ticked off fan in the crowd — say at Auburn, maybe — fails to reel in his own emotions and storms the court to trade fists with the biggest instigator this side of Woody Woodpecker.  Oh, sure, Henderson would probably just pull a knife from his sock and cut the guy, but no one really wants to see that any more than they want to see fans and players to duke it out on the floor.

There’s a reason that 90% of Ole Miss basketball games feature officials cooling players’ tempers as the final buzzer nears.  Henderson’s mouth and deeds get under the skin of his opponents.  Now maybe that takes them off their game — advantage: Rebels — but at some point maybe that will lead to a postgame donnybrook.  Don’t say you haven’t thought it possible.

Hell, it’s amazing that no foe to date has dropped a full dose of Kevin McHale on Mississippi’s agitating star:

 

Kevin McHale Clotheslines Kurt Rambis

 

Ironically, many believe that Henderson’s act is good for college basketball.

“Hey, folks are talking about the NCAA Tournament right now!”  Yes, and folks usually pay the tourney no mind this time of year.  Why if not for Henderson’s antics no one would be filling out brackets or entering office pools this year.  Gotcha.

Look, for those who think there needs to be a bad boy for the good of the game, there’s already a sport for you.  It’s called professional wrestling.  Personally I’m about as interested in seeing classless behavior on a basketball court as I am in watching oversized guys in undersized trunks perform choreographed movements in a scripted sporting event.  Which is to say not very.

The argument that college basketball needs a villain is a hollow one.  Columnists and bloggers — here’s looking at me — may need a villain for the sake of copy, but who wants a firebrand running around in real life just for the sake of spicing things up?

“Jane, this is a lovely dinner, but we’re all getting a bit bored.  Joe, could you climb up on the table and taunt Jane to make things more interesting?”

“Reverend, the service is moving a bit slowly today so we’ve asked Steve to periodically run by your pulpit and taunt you.  Ya know, just to make things a bit more interesting.”

“Mrs. Flarnwell, your husband’s surgery is expected to be pretty routine… so to keep us on our toes we’ve asked Dr. Smythe-Smythe to call us losers while we operate.  It’ll make the whole thing so much more interesting for us.”

Everyone has someone in their office who they just can’t stand.  This is especially true in the media, where most of us are just jerks to begin with (hey, I read the messageboards).  Well, I wonder how many of the media guys who’ve spat forth the “Henderson’s antics are good for the game” bunk have been as forgiving of the beatwriter or weekend anchor in their own office who behaves like a brat.  From personal experience, I can tell you I’ve never heard anyone say: “Tom’s a poor writer and a full-on jerk, but darned if he doesn’t make our daily lives so much more interesting.”

Basketball doesn’t need a villain or a troublemaker.  The sport needs better basketball players.

Ironically, Henderson is that.  Too bad, then, that his classless, unnecessary taunts take the focus off his game.

College hoops needs more of his talent, less of his act.

 


31 comments
chiplind7
chiplind7

John, generic question. Not a question about OM's Henderson. Just not sure where to put it.

 

If any team does the Gator chomp, should that be a technical foul because it is taunting? 

Does that also mean UF should get a technical if they do the chomp? 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @chiplind7 

 

If a player does the "chomp" in another player's face, to me, that would be taunting.  But I have no problem with a player doing that in football or basketball in order to wind up the crowd (again, so long as it's not being done directly in another player's face).  That's why you'll find no mention of Henderson's chomp in the story above.  I had no problem with it, though when added to his long list of in-your-face taunts and gestures, it's not surprising that one act got as much attention as it did.

 

Just my take, but I've seen players play to the crowd before.  What I haven't seen is a player who takes taunting to the lengths that Henderson does.

 

Thanks for reading,

John

chiplind7
chiplind7

 @John at MrSEC  @chiplind7 

Good, I agree. Back to MH. Chomping and throwing up the OM Landshark is pretty tame, compared to athletes beating up a fellow student, robbery and other buffoonery, would you not agree?

 

People who lose to him and haters that are gonna hate, will never accept/understand the fact that MH enjoys being a showman and getting into players (and fans) heads.  And it works. Lol!!!

Bring it on....  that is what he wants. 

 

LSUalreadyKnow
LSUalreadyKnow like.author.displayName 1 Like

Henderson is awesome to watch I hope he gets more publicity for his game than his behavior although I think it is very funny how everybody hates on him, I mean it is just a game.

FloridaEd
FloridaEd

Does anyone else realize that the photo is completely inappropriate for this blog?

AGator
AGator

I played basketball in high school and there was a player like that playing for another school. The star of our team would always get distracted and have a bad game against them. They'd beat us even though I thought we were better. It seems to be a good strategy.

 

I think a lot more people watch Ole Miss games just to see him play, whether they like him or not. It reminds me of pro wrestling. Would anyone actually watch pro wrestling if the wrestlers didn't have enormous egos and taunt each other?

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AGator 

 

From above...

 

"Look, for those who think there needs to be a bad boy for the good of the game, there’s already a sport for you.  It’s called professional wrestling.  Personally I’m about as interested in seeing classless behavior on a basketball court as I am in watching oversized guys in undersized trunks perform choreographed movements in a scripted sporting event.  Which is to say not very."

 

Thanks for visiting the site,

John

AaronMclellan
AaronMclellan like.author.displayName 1 Like

I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. Yours is just wrong. If he were a member of whatever team you pull for he'd be put in a different light.   

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AaronMclellan 

 

That's a nonsense response.  

 

If you read this site on a regular basis you'd know a) that I've said 1000 times that Henderson would be loved by whatever fanbase he played for and b) I get ripped repeatedly for suggesting fans would support their own guys no matter what.

 

When cocky Ty Law ran back an interception for the Patriots -- a team I've pulled for since the 70s -- in a Super Bowl, my thought was: "Why did it have to be him?"  I'm NOT the guy who looks the other way on classless behavior just because someone is showboating in my favorite team's uniform.  In fact, that's the A-1 thing I hate most about college sports -- fans who defend their team for doing X but rip another team for doing the exact same thing.

 

John

westainandseal
westainandseal

He'll be in jail soon enough. His kind always are.

Catfish
Catfish

He's just having fun. Jeez leave him alone; he doesn't hit people that's all that matters

bigreb
bigreb

 @Catfish "He doesn't hit people. That's all that matters" Talk about sorry defenses. No defense lawyer would ever utter these words in court.

Catfish
Catfish

 @bigreb It's not and shouldn't be against the rules to have fun and celebrate winning. That's the whole point of sports. Hitting someone and gator-chomping Florida fans are two very different things.  And a defensive lawyer would utter those words, because yes, there is absolutely nothing wrong with anything Henderson has done.

bigreb
bigreb

 @Catfish Cocaine, Marijuana, and Alcohol...all in one drug test. "there is absolutely nothing wrong with anything Henderson has done"  Since you changed the argument to be between gator chomping and hitting someone, I'll change the argument to fit my needs also.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

why do i get the feeling his basketball idol is ron artest?

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

He may get away with it in the SEC, but I for one will be quite interested in watching how Wisconsin handles him if he starts mouthing-off. First lay-up attempt will be fun.

bigreb
bigreb

Oh yeah....good article John. Most of the time you are spot on.

bigreb
bigreb

 He is like the coward driver flipping you off because he knows you really can't do anything about it and even if you could, most people are civil and wouldn't. It would be the best thing that ever happened to him if someone would have their fill and put him on the ground. Maybe he would shape up and realize what a little turd he is being. The tragedy of it all is that he really is a good basketball player, but every time he acts crazy another GM probably writes him off as a head case.

sec_fan
sec_fan

I would love to root for Ole Miss. They are an underdog. They are in the SEC. They made a great comeback in the SEC tournament. Ole Miss is not Kentucky or Duke they need the support. Unfortunately because of Henderson I even....Rooted for Florida in the championship game and I am not alone. One of these day he is gonna get a broken nose.  People will only take so much

 

WNCVol
WNCVol

 @sec_fan

 Exactly.  I would normally be pulling for Ole Miss big time.  But no way do I root for them with that jerk on the team.

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

Very well said!  He needs a dose of what that street performer did to that teenager.  If you haven't seen that, go to YouTube and search "Street performer punches teenager."  

BamaGator21
BamaGator21

@SabanSays HenderPunk needs a "Gawja Jawjacking" as the late Bullet Bob Armstrong would say#ThugWannaBe

revJJdizzle
revJJdizzle

%s %s and %s are writing about %s at gunpoint?

MrSEC
MrSEC

@revJJdizzle Did anyone suggest that? We chose to write today that MH's behavior is over the top & the "we need a villain" defense is silly.

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