Working on a larger piece of University of Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson, who is from Fort Worth and played for his dad at L.D. Bell High School. Ole Miss will play Wisconsin on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. There is not a bigger character in college basketball than Henderson.
Willie Henderson, who is still the coach at Bell, has done interviews from The New York Times, ESPN, CNN, USA Today and countless others.
By now, Willie Henderson is used to the reaction and sometimes considerable anger his son can inspire with his antics. Mostly, Willie is amused by it but there is an exception.
On March 15, Ole Miss defeated Missouri by two in the SEC tournament. After the game, Henderson ran over towards the Missouri fan section and flipped them the bird. That gesture was pretty extreme, even for Henderson. There was a reason.
"Their fans crossed a line," Willie Henderson said. "There was a sign in the stands that said, 'For a good time called Marshall's sister' and it had her cell phone number. They blew her phone up with over 200 texts with some of the most vile, hateful, sexually explicit things. My 19-year-old daughter, who is a freshman at Ole Miss, calls me just bawling on the phone. The security guards got to the student who had put up the sign, but the damage had been done. I was at the game and I was burning up."
So when Marshall Henderson flipped off the Mizzou fans in that SEC tourney game, it didn't much bother his dad.
"I don't condone that," Willie Henderson said, "but I knew what they had done to his sister."
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