Yesterday, much maligned Rebel shooting guard Marshall Henderson released a statement offering an apology for his antics - including his unashamed taunting of opposing fan bases - and suggesting that he will, indeed, return to Ole Miss to play basketball for his senior and final season.
Here's the full text of that statement:
First, I would like to thank the Ole Miss fans for their support this season. It was a lot of fun even though we didn't make it to the Sweet Sixteen in L.A. It was our goal this season to get Reggie, Murph and Nick to the Big Dance and we did that. It is my goal to make next season even better.
With only nine hours left to earn my degree, I want to help build this program and that means I need to be a leader for my teammates both on and off the court. The spotlight on the court means my actions affect more than just me, and I need to show my teammates that I can be a leader for this team.
I play the game with a lot of passion, and sometimes that passion boils over. I take responsibility for my actions this season and apologize to anyone I offended.
However, my edge on the court has made me the player that I am. I can't change that, but I do understand that I can take things too far.
I have come to understand this year that I represent this team and this university, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard than people in the stands, because I am a student-athlete at Ole Miss.
Oh Marshall, you don't ever have to apologize to us. We love you, wild gesticulations and facial contortions and all. I do wonder what exactly the impetus for the penning of this open letter was, and I also wonder just how much Marshall intends to alter his demeanor for next season if he does. Furthermore, I wonder how much of this has to do with the public's perception of Marshall Henderson's behavior and personality as opposed to what the coaches and basketball administrators actually perceive of Marshall.
Either way, it's exciting to think that the SEC's leading scorer could indeed return to the Rebel program for 2013-14.