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Marshall Henderson: Tweet 'research'

Updated: May 13, 2014, 6:01 PM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com

Former Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson said Monday that his derogatory tweet about linebacker Michael Sam was meant as a project to gather information for a friend who is deciding whether to tell family and friends about his sexual orientation.

"My stance on gay athletes is irrelevant," Henderson told ESPN by phone. "The whole reason we chose to do this is because my friend is gay. If it was wrong for me to do it, so be it."

Henderson tweeted the following on Monday morning, ...

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