What's really going on with Marshall Henderson?
The former Ole Miss basketball star popped off on Twitter with his disapproval of NFL draftee Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on television over the weekend. Sam - the first openly gay football player to get drafted into the NFL - was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round on Saturday.
When Sam was shown kissing his boyfriend in celebration, reactions were mixed, and Henderson - a lightning rod during his time at Ole Miss - was livid on Twitter.
"Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty (expletive) is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!! #SICKENING," Henderson's tweet said.
But Henderson replied with an alibi. His tweets were supposedly an experiment he was conducting for a friend.
One of my best friends, WHO IS GAY, is about to graduate in psychology, asked me to say these things so he can have responses ... TBC— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
The point of his study was to see how people react when others say things or act a certain way against another group of people ... TBC— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
As far as what I said, Totally was 100% for the project ... as far as my ACTUAL views - its irrelevant because its gonna happen regardless!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Sorry for messing with everyone like that!!! Everyone really helped my boy AND FOR THAT WE ARE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE!!!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
The University of Mississippi's athletic director responded with tweets Monday distancing the school from Henderson and his views.
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all......— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it....— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014