Former Ole Miss guard says controversial tweet was on purpose

Former Ole Miss guard says controversial tweet was on purpose

OXFORD, MS (AP/WLOX) - Former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson seems to be backtracking after criticizing ESPN's coverage of Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL.

Henderson took to Twitter Monday morning using expletives to say that he would not watch SportsCenter until the network stopped running the Sam footage, adding ".... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!!."

The comment drew a quick and sharp rebuke from Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork, who responded on Twitter saying that he's "extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all."

Within an hour of posting his initial comment, Henderson tweeted a string of responses that implied he was trying to be controversial on purpose.

"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," Henderson tweeted. "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."

In addition to his long-range shooting, Henderson also was known for his brash and sometimes questionable behavior at Ole Miss.

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