The Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sport

Dr. Richard Lapchick, Director

Racism in Sport: November 2016

Ole Miss Football Player Put on Probation for Attempting to Buy Excess Amounts of Marijuana

  • Marshall Henderson, an NCAA football player at Ole Miss was arrested for attempting to buy 50 grams of marijuana with fake currency. The athlete’s actions were punished with what many would call a “slap on the wrist” after he was disciplined with probation. Many are questioning the lesser magnitude of this punishment as they imagine the counterfactuals against that of an African American 18-year-old. Characterizing Marshall’s punishment as too light of a sentence, many spoke out about the situation being a form a racism, something highly evident in sports today.