Marshall Henderson Threw The World A Curveball
Former University of Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson has successfully outraged the Twitterverse. But all for an experiment.
He tweeted just three hours ago that he's "boycotting SportsCenter until all this Michael Sam nasty [explicit, explicit] is off. My brothers are seven and eleven and saw that. #sickening"
He later announced that he did it to see what kind of feedback he'd get -- all for a friend who Henderson says is gay. As far as his actual views, he's indifferent to it because he believes it's gonna happen anyway he thinks. He says his friend asked him specifically because he knew Henderson had a large following due to his time on the Ole Miss basketball team.
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
He chose gays because of how he relates to it and has to live it EVERYDAY of his life ... He asked me because he knew I would get incredible— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Feedback, and OMG how crazy you people are lol ... It is absolutely amazing to see what people have said, whether agreeing or disagreeing— 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
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork made a statement on behalf of the university.
"I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all. We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it."