Monday, 21 May, 2018

National Football League bully victim faces 5 charges following Instagram gun threat

NFL bully victim faces 5 charges following Instagram gun threat Modal Trigger Jonathan Martin lines up for the 49ers during a game in 2014. Getty Images
Betsy Taylor | 21 March, 2018, 08:15

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin is facing five criminal charges in connection to an image that was posted to one of his social media accounts last month that led to a Los Angeles-based school shutting down for the day.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein confirmed to ESPN that the DA had filed charges and said police were communicating with Martin's attorney. Martin then tagged four people in the post, including former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncy, who bullied Martin during the 2013 season, eventually leading to his exit from the team.

A law enforcement source told KABC-TV in Los Angeles earlier this month that Martin was in a mental health facility.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged the former National Football League player with four counts of criminal threats and one count of possessing a loaded firearm, which was discovered in his auto along with a knife and ax when he was detained in February. TMZ first reported on Monday that there's a warrant out for Martin's arrest.


Martin accused Incognito and Pouncey of bullying him in 2013 when they were teammates in Miami, and it resulted in an National Football League investigation.

In the hours before his arrest, Martin posted an alarming message to Instagram resulting in the closing of Harvard-Westlake High School for safety reasons.

In 2015, Martin wrote on social media he contemplated suicide during his National Football League career and that he didn't fit in during his days at Harvard-Westlake.

When he was arrested on February 23, police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, knife and ax in his vehicle.

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