Yesterday, former Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson called for a boycott of ESPN in response to the cable network’s coverage of Michael Sam being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Henderson was so disgusted by an on-air kiss between Sam and his longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano that he tweeted about his plans to stop watching the network and referred to the kiss as “nasty” and “sickening.”
Shortly after that comment, Henderson began making the highly questionable claim that his homophobic tirade was part of a psychological experiment he was conducting as a favor for a gay friend:
“One of my best friends, WHO IS GAY, is about to graduate in psychology,” Henderson tweeted. “[He] asked me to say those things so he can have responses.”
Henderson went on to claim that his (probably fictitious) gay friend was trying to gague public reaction to the Sam kiss in order to help him decide if he should come out to his own family.
Apparently, the only way he could do this was by having his semi-famous friend post homophobic tweets.
This, of course, isn’t the first time the Ole Miss guard has been embroiled in controversy. You may recall that Henderson’s feud with Erin Andrews last year following his suspension for allegedly failing a drug test.
So, it seems that since he’s unlikely to be selected in the upcoming NBA draft, Henderson has decided to make a career out of putting his foot in his mouth. It’s good to know your strengths.