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Utah Utes basketball: Ex-star Marshall Henderson backtracks after his Sam tweet

The many faces of Ole Miss and former Utah Utes star Marshall Henderson.
The many faces of Ole Miss and former Utah Utes star Marshall Henderson.
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Former Utah Utes star Marshall Henderson was back in the news on Monday, May 12 after he tweeted about boycotting ESPN SportsCenter because it aired footage of a Michael Sam and boyfriend kiss. Here’s a news flash: Does anyone care?

Apparently so, because Henderson’s comment was re-tweeted 3, 586 times -- at last count -- and favorited another 3,429. What made this particular statement by Henderson so bizarre is that after he said he would boycott ESPN because his brothers are only seven and 11 years old and saw the on-air kiss, Henderson also claimed his tweet was part of a psychology experiment conducted by a classmate and friend at Ole Miss.

This from a player who has transferred to several schools in part to admitted drug use -- and who is no stranger to controversy, trash talking opponents, giving fans the bird and badmouthing anyone who is willing to listen. In your heart of hearts you would like to believe Henderson has straightened up his act -- and doesn’t actually believe the things he wrote -- but when you’re talking about Marshall Henderson, you never know what you’re going to get.

Here’s proof: Henderson continued to egg on his followers -- and anyone who would read his comments -- by posting the following statement on Monday. “Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!” he tweeted later Monday morning.

Lest you thought the madness was over, it wasn’t. Henderson then hashtagged #ThisIsFun on his next tweet, which included an open-ended question, followed by the coup d’etat of all tweets -- in his mind. “THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR INPUT AND RESPONSES!!! MY NEXT TWEET IS REALLY GONNA THROW EVERYONE A CURVEBALL,” he tweeted.

That’s when Henderson claimed his “friend” talked him into doing the “experiment” and attempted to clarify his position. “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,” Henderson tweeted.

That said, Henderson -- who seems to be a walking, talking psychology experiment himself -- didn’t exactly slam the door shut on his initial tweet on how he felt about the subject. Henderson's last tweet on the matter gave you a sense he was resigned to Sam kissing another man on TV -- not exactly in favor of it. “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!”

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