A high school in California was shut down after an Instagram account of former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin showed a disturbing picture with threatening commentary on Friday morning.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Martin was taken into custody Friday.
Martin was one of the major figures in the bullying scandal that sideswiped the Dolphins’ 2013 season. An Instagram account under his name posted a picture of a shotgun and shell casings spread around with words that read: “when you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge.”
The Dolphins, Harvard Westlake -- the high school he attended before going to Stanford, two agents, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, and former Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito were all tagged on the photo.
It is not known whether Martin himself posted the photo and disturbing words.
Incognito, who is playing for the Buffalo Bills, and Pouncey were two of the three Dolphins players whom the NFL’s independent report claims created a hostile working environment for Martin, who left the team in the middle of the season claiming he was being bullied by teammates.
The report revealed Martin had been subjected to racist, sexually explicit, homophobic and misogynistic messages, and labeled his interactions with Incognito, who was suspended for eight games by the NFL because of the investigation, as “harassment.”
The Dolphins are aware of the Instagram post, but referred all calls to the NFL.
Martin, whose Instagram account is verified, was traded to the San Francisco 49ers before the 2014 season, weeks after the Ted Wells report was released. He struggled as a starter with the 49ers and was subsequently waived the following offseason.
The Carolina Panthers claimed Martin, the Dolphins’ 2012 second-round pick, off waivers in March, but Martin retired before training camp opened in 2015, citing a back injury.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police officials investigated what they labeled a “security risk,” made to Harvard Westlake, but it was determined there was “no credible threat” against the school.
The Los Angeles Times also reports that in 2015, Martin detailed his struggles growing up and said in a series of Facebook and Twitter posts that he had attempted suicide while playing in the NFL. He also said he had been uncomfortable at Harvard-Westlake as "one of just a handful of minorities" on the campus.
"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," he wrote in 2015, according to the L.A. Times. "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."
It’s unclear whether Martin is currently receiving medical treatment. The NFL’s independent report claimed Martin had been receiving treatment for depression since he was a teenager.
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