January 26, 2014 6:32:35 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray issued an apology Sunday afternoon regarding a interaction he encountered with Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson near the end of Saturday's game.
The above video, provided by ESPN, shows the interaction between Ray and Henderson with 6.3 seconds left in the game.
As Henderson was being subbed out to a standing ovation in MSU's 82-63 blowout loss at Tad Smith Coliseum, Rick Ray was seen by SEC Network television cameras shouting what appeared to be an expletive at the Rebels leading scorer. Ray issued an apology on Twitter via a message on his Instragram account. The video of the incident made it to the website Deadspin.com late Saturday night and doesn't make it apparent what Henderson says to Ray when he turns back to look at the MSU bench.
Ray never mentioned Henderson by name in the apology but made it clear his regret over the behavior itself.
"I responded inappropriately to an Ole Miss player yesterday in our game," Ray posted. "I reached out to [Ole Miss] coach [Andy] Kennedy immediately to apologize and subsequently to the player, too."
Henderson, who missed the game in Starkville due to a university mandated suspension, was one of two Rebels players with 19 points despite being just 2 of 12 from beyond the three-point arc. The Rebels senior guard, who has been involved in numerous instances of controversy in his two years with Ole Miss, appeared to say something back to Ray as he exited the floor Saturday night.
There is no reason for a coach to ever have interaction with an opposing player, ever, regardless of the circumstances. I was more upset with our performance than the player. I was totally at fault."
Ray has scheduled his next weekly media availability for 2 p.m. Monday at Humphrey Coliseum.
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