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Former NFL player Jonathan Martin was detained at a Los Angeles-area hospital where he went to seek treatment Friday after a threatening Instagram post he made led to his former high school closing for the day, according to USA Today.
BREAKING: AP source: Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin player taken in custody after threatening Instagram post.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2018
“The individual believed to be responsible for the social media post is being detained, however he is not in police custody,” LAPD spokesperson Tony Im told USA Today. “The investigation is continuing, but rest assured we believe there is no threat to any school in the L.A. area.”
San Diego-based defense attorney M. Dod Ghassemkhani said when an individual is listed as detained but not in police custody, they are usually under a psychiatric or medical hold.
While LAPD could not confirm the reason for Martin’s arrest, it’s believed it’s because the former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman posted a disturbing message on his Instagram about his former high school in the Los Angeles-area, Harvard-Westlake.
“When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” Martin wrote in a photo of a shotgun with shells around it posted to his verified Instagram account. He used the hashtags #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins.
Fans and sports journalist who follow Martin on Instagram saw his post and shared the image on Twitter, which some believe may have been how police were initially alerted.
Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff on his IG story... pic.twitter.com/NaJ8a0BXze— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) February 23, 2018
Hope Jonathan Martin gets the help he needs. Disturbing post on his IG directed towards Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey... mental health and bullying is still a major part of this discussion pic.twitter.com/RXVVDYj5Wm— Rob Quinn (@RobQuinn619) February 23, 2018
Uhhhhhh somebody should probably go check in on Jonathan Martin pic.twitter.com/omPAchnz3s— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) February 23, 2018
Martin also tagged former fellow NFL players, including Richie Incognito—who was accused of bullying Martin when they were teammates in Miami—as well as Mike Pouncey. He also tagged James Dunleavy, who attended Harvard-Westlake and was a walk-on basketball player at the University of Southern California.
Harvard-Westlake was shut down for the remainder of the day after Martin’s post was reported to police.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.