Sports

Jonathan Martin Arrested After Posting Threatening Photo on Instagram

The former Miami Dolphin threatened two former teammates, and tagged his old high school, which was shut down after the post.

by Liam Daniel Pierce
Feb 23 2018, 9:42pm

Photo by Steve Mitchell—USA TODAY Sports

Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin tagged two former Miami teammates in an Instagram photo of a shotgun and several shells, and was arrested today after posing the threat, according to the LA Times.

The disturbing photo tagged former Dolphins teammates Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito—whom Martin had accused of bullying in 2013—and had hashtags of the Miami Dolphins and his former high school Harvard-Westlake.

The lesser-known people tagged in the photo, according to Yahoo Sports, were classmates of Martin's. Also written in the image were the words, "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge."

Martin, a 2008 graduate of Harvard-Westlake, said he had a hard time at the elite private school, as one of the few minorities on campus. It was around the time of his accusations of bullying against Incognito and Pouncey that Martin said he was contemplating suicide.

As a precaution, Harvard-Westlake closed for security risk, and sent out an email:

In the email, school officials wrote:

"The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today," the email read. "The school's private security team is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is present on both campuses. With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community."

In 2015, Martin posted an emotional Facebook and Twitter post, speaking about the emotional toll bullying had on him throughout his life:

"You learn to tone down your size & blackness by becoming shy, introverted, friendly, so you won't scare the little rich white kids or their parents. Neither black nor white people accept you because they don't understand you. It takes away from your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity."