Jonathan Martin being held in mental health facility after threatening post

Lena Tucker
February 26, 2018

Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Tony Im told Perez that a person believed to be Martin was still in detainment as of Friday night: "The individual believed to be responsible for the social media post is being detained, however he is not in police custody. Out of abundance of caution, and because the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, we made the decision to close school today".

"We have confirmed that he's been located - the suspect, in this case", said Sgt.

The post, which was uploaded to the Instagram story of Jonathan Martin '08, featured a shotgun surrounded by shell casings.

Martin's post came a week after Nicolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide or revenge", Martin wrote over a photo posted Thursday on his verified Instagram account.

According to a piece that ran in USA TODAY Sports, Martin was in the process of attempting to check himself into the hospital when he was detained by authorities. The Dolphins selected Martin in the second round in 2012. "The investigation is continuing, but rest assured we believe there is no threat to any school in the LA area".

"The gun was marked with "#HarvardWestlake" and listed social media handles for ex-Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey. "I don't know what his thoughts are and I don't really care, honestly". A subsequent independent National Football League investigation confirmed their misconduct, and Incognito was suspended for the remainder of the season.

Midway through the 2013 season, Martin left the Dolphins to seek counseling, and Incognito was suspended "for conduct detrimental to the team" as a result of alleged racial slurs and threats of violence against Martin.

"At Harvard-Westlake, we try to teach with everything that we do, including teaching how to do things the right way and teaching what's the right way to be with every single thing we do - arts, academics, athletics, operations, everything", Barzdukas said in the article.

Mr Martin did not play for Miami after the bullying allegations became public, and retired from the sport through injury in 2015.

Martin, the son of two Harvard graduates, attended Stanford University.

TheChronicle reported that the post prompted the athletic department at Harvard-Westlake to reexamine its approach to monitoring the wellbeing of student athletes.

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