BLOG — Suspended Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson’s latest brush with the Oxford Police Department came May 4 when Henderson was pulled over for suspicion of speeding.
Henderson, who was suspended from the Rebels Wednesday for the violation of team rules, was pulled over and then detained by OPD officer Shane Fortner and Mark Hodges, according to a report. Henderson, who was cooperative with officers during the stop according to chief Joey East, eventually relinquished a small amount of marijuana and a baggie that contained a white, powder substance that was believed to be cocaine according to the report submitted on the incident.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to document the police encounter in a story written by Rachel Bachman earlier today. In that story, Fortner referred to the amount of marijuana taken as a “a small nugget.” The amount of powder was also described as “a small amount of what appeared to be cocaine.” In essence, the small amounts were not enough to garner a charge that could be bring a fine in court.
Henderson was not charged with possession of either marijuana or cocaine and instead issued a citation for no liability insurance and issued a court date for May 15.
“There was no special treatment given to Marshall Henderson. The officers do their best to go out of there to people who are cooperative with them, to work with them to help them,” East said tonight about the stop and how the officers handled the situation. “Marshall was not charged, he was not disrespectful at any time. He cooperated with the officers when they talked to him. It’s their discretion and they chose, at that point in time, not to arrest him. There was no favoritism, they try to help as many people as they can.”
Henderson, a native of Hurst, Texas, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game. He also helped lead the Rebels to the SEC Tournament title, the team’s first since 1981, and the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons last year. (July 11, 2013)