Marshall Henderson Comes Out As Not A Fan of Michael Sam, Tact, or Tolerance

Marshall Henderson had a wild college career: he played a year at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech, never played there, transferred to a JuCo, and finally played two seasons at Ole Miss. He also had a wild career off the court: drug problems, flipping off the crowd after an NCAA tournament loss, etc. So it might come as no surprise that Henderson isn’t exactly the most tactful or tolerant guy:

Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!

— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014

This is a basketball blog, and I am far more comfortable writing why Marshall Henderson wasn’t very good than I am writing about why his statements are deplorable, but I suppose I will give it a shot: it’s 2014, man. I can stand up here and admit that when I was 12, 13 years old I thought being gay was gross and weird. I did. I’m not from the most populated area, I never knew a gay person growing up, and it was just different to me. I couldn’t understand how you couldn’t like girls. But then I grew up and by the time I got to high school I realized that everyone was different.

Secondly, I think it is far more damaging to his 11 and 7 year old brothers to have a crack addict for an older brother, not to mention a bigoted, hateful jerk. Marshall’s already set in his ways, but his brothers still have a chance.

Even though I don’t think gay marriage is a politics issue, but rather a human rights one, enough people consider it political, so I’ll stop here. But while Henderson and Sam each no doubt have their supporters and detractors, Sam has one thing Henderson won’t: being able to kiss someone he cares about after getting drafted.