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Ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin detained by police over social media post

24 February, 2018, 04:58 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Ex-NFL player at center of bullying controversy detained after social media post

Martin, who graduated from the elite private school a decade ago, posted an image of a shotgun to his verified but private Instagram account, writing "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your (sic) options are suicide or revenge".

Martin was detained by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended but was not under arrest Friday evening, police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

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Martin became the victimized face of National Football League bullying in 2013 when he charged teammates, namely fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, with harsh treatment in the locker room. It also included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, where he went to high school, and the Miami Dolphins.

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of revenge for bullying, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.


A chilling post on social media forced a Los Angeles-area school to close Friday. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin. "Martin claims that the depression he experienced in high school recurred as a result of mistreatment by his teammates on the Dolphins and that on two occasions in 2013 he even contemplated suicide".

Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills.

Harvard-Westlake closed its Studio City campus Friday due to a possible security threat posted on social media.

Mr Martin did not play for Miami after the bullying allegations became public, and retired from the sport through injury in 2015. Incognito, who is white, sometimes made jokes about slavery in the presence of Martin, who is Black, the report said.

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