Johnny Manziel Hanging Out With Marshall Henderson in Dallas (Uh-Oh!)

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Center of attention and maybe Johnny Football's BFF?
If you're one of the few who has managed to catch the new Kevin Costner film Draft Day (featuring guest star Arian Foster!) at a sneak preview, and you take it as being authentic, then you remember the pain staking efforts that Sonny Weaver (Costner's Browns' GM character) went to in order to gather as much information as he could on prospect Bo Callahan.

In some ways, Callahan's character mirrored very closely the real life version of Johnny Manziel, or at least most people's perception of Manziel.

Both were star quarterbacks, both won the Heisman Trophy, both had Instagram accounts that could keep perverted scouts occupied for days, and both were seen as "boom or bust" franchise prospects with no in between.

I won't spoil what happened on Draft Day, but let's just say every shred of Callahan-related data ended up being relevant to the Browns throughout the movie.

So, along those lines, I'm guessing the Texans are taking a keen interest in the pictures that surfaced this weekend of Manziel and Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson.

For those of you who weren't watching during the roughly four days or so where Marshall Henderson was a thing to more than just hardcore college basketball fans (those four days, by the way, would be last year's NCAA Tournament, when Ole Miss pulled off a "5 vs 12" upset of Wisconsin), Henderson is a guard for the Ole Miss Rebels who is best known for three things:

1. Henderson is a really skilled basketball player, a volume shooter whose career has consisted of a LOT of field goal attempts and a LOT of transfers. He started out at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech after one season, never played at Tech, moved to a JuCo, and eventually wound up at Ole Miss, where he led them to an NCAA berth and led the SEC in scoring back in 2012-2013.

2. Henderson is a train wreck off the court, going back to high school, where he was busted for trying to buy weed with counterfeit money. Following that, while still on probation, he failed a drug test, testing positive for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine (the trifecta!), and having to serve 25 days in jail. Finally, this past summer, he was busted again for possession of weed and cocaine, which got him suspended for the first three games of this season.

3. Henderson likes to talk shit. Like oodles and oodles of ungodly amounts of shit. I'll let Wikipedia handle this part of the Henderson Experience:

Henderson is known for playing with reckless abandon and passion. Henderson often celebrates on the court, and engages in trash talking with the other team's players, fans,and even coaches. Henderson embraces the role of "villain" in the SEC, and says he feeds off of the negative attention.

If you had to pick a part of the 2013 college football season where Johnny Manziel was at his most loathsome to the talking heads, and his most controversial to mainstream America, it was probably after the season opener against Rice, where he spent the first half suspended for autograph signing sessions the NCAA deemed "illegal" under their warped version of the law, and spent the second half playing and acting like, well, Marshall Henderson.

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Puller58
Puller58

Gawker did a long piece awhile back that shows Manziel's family tree has lots of rotten apples back in the day.

4qqq
4qqq

yet another shred of evidence that the kid is a punk. please don't draft this idiot

wcvemail
wcvemail

How long will it be before some overly hypothesizing/diligently researching scout starts interpreting the fingered gang signs? That ain't ASL. Is it just whitebread gangsta wanna-be, as with the snap-back and the drawers? Or is it something more?

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