Ray issues apology for Henderson incident

Rick Ray issued an apology for his interaction with Ole Miss senior Marshall Henderson following Saturday's game. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rick Ray issued an apology for his interaction with Ole Miss senior Marshall Henderson following Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Controversy and Marshall Henderson have seemed to go hand-in-hand since the guard arrived at Ole Miss last season.

The latest incident involves Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray.

Following the buzzer of a Rebels 83-62 victory in Oxford Saturday, Henderson strutted off the court to a roaring ovation from the home crowd to celebrate with his teammates.

Henderson’s path however took him right past Ray, who had a few choice words for the Ole Miss senior. The incident was captured and aired live on SEC-TV.


The situation went viral following Saturday’s game and on Sunday afternoon the Bulldogs coach took to social media to accept responsibility. Ray issued a statement via his Instagram and Twitter account.

“I responded inappropriately to an Ole Miss player yesterday in our game,” Ray wrote. “I reached out to coach (Andy) Kennedy immediately to apologize and subsequently to the player too. There is no reason for a coach to ever have interaction with an opposing player, ever, regardless of the circumstances. I was more upset at our performance than the player, I was totally at fault.”

Henderson did not play in the first meeting between the two programs earlier this month in Starkville while concluding a three-game suspension levied during the summer for a violation of team rules. MSU won that game 76-72 but Henderson’s 19 points against the Bulldogs Saturday were a major factor in a 19 point Ole Miss win.

Kennedy was contacted by The Daily Journal for comment but a response was not returned.

Ray is expected to address the situation further at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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