Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been hit with five charges stemming from a disturbing Instagram post in which he appeared to threaten a shooting at his alma mater.
Martin, who the subject of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal after being harassed by then-teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, faces four counts of making criminal threats and one count of possessing a loaded firearm, according to TMZ Sports. Upon Martin’s arrest on Feb. 23, police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, knife and ax located in his car. A second shotgun was also found at his parents’ home.
Hours prior, Martin posted a cryptic and alarming message to Instagram resulting in the closing of his alma mater Harvard-Westlake High School for safety reasons.
Martin, 28, posted a photo of a shotgun on a bed with shells scattered around it with the text, “when you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” The words #HarvardWestLake and #MiamiDolphins appeared on the gun’s stock and barrel along with the social media handles for Incognito, Pouncey and two of his former high school classmates.
Officials apprehended Martin after receiving a call about a “suicidal male with a gun” at a hospital in Glendale, Ca. Martin, who previously admitted to trying to commit suicide several times during his brief NFL career, was then placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after authorities determined he was a threat to himself and others.
Martin’s chilling Instagram post came a little over a week after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Martin was drafted by the Dolphins in 2012 and spent two seasons with the team before being traded to the 49ers. He played one season in San Francisco before retiring in 2015.
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