Disturbing new details emerged Thursday regarding former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin’s Feb. 23 arrest and threatening Instagram post.
TMZ Sports discovered through court documents that the former NFL offensive lineman had a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, knife and ax located in his car upon his arrest.
A second shotgun was also found at his parents’ home.
Martin — who played in the NFL for the Dolphins and 49ers — had posted an image on his Instagram story that day of a shotgun with ammunition on a bed and tagged former teammates, classmates, the Dolphins and his high school in the photo, which had the caption, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward your options are suicide, or revenge.”
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Authorities said one of the shotguns was purchased 13 days before the Instagram post.
The 28-year-old was taken into custody later that day after officials received a call about a “suicidal man with a gun” at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. He was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after they deemed he was a threat to himself and others.
Officials spoke with Martin’s girlfriend, who revealed he had been angry and depressed since she met him and that he was making suicidal statements over the past month and had been “writing on the walls” of his home.
Investigators also spoke to the high school classmates Martin tagged in the photo, who said they had received unsettling Facebook messages from him in 2016.
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“Thank you for being such an ass—- to me when I was a kid and didn’t fit in … being d—s to me when I was a kid has made me, quite literally, insane,” he sent one classmate, per TMZ Sports. “And I blame you above all. You’ll get yours, eventually — I have already paid my price for being a bad person. I wish you nothing but the worst. Best, Jonathan Martin.”
He sent another message, which read, “You’re a bad person. You irreparably damaged people’s lives. And you will be exposed publicly. If there is anything else I accomplish in life, it will be making sure you are outed and shamed for who you are.”
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Martin purchased the other shotgun after these messages, but the classmate said Martin had apologized in Aug. 2016 and it appeared that any issues he was having had been resolved.
Martin was the victim of the NFL Bullygate scandal in 2013 when teammate Richie Incognito, who was tagged in Martin’s photo along with fellow lineman Mike Pouncey, hazed and harassed Martin during their time together with the Dolphins.
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