Jonathan Martin’s story has taken another disturbing, sad turn.
It was reported on Friday that Martin was taken into custody following his posting of a threatening photo on Instagram, in which he displayed a shotgun alongside the message ‘When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge’ while also tagging multiple former teammates with the Miami Dolphins.
And now it appears that Martin is being held in a mental health facility, according to a report by ESPN’s Jenna Laine:
A law enforcement source told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that Martin is now being held in a mental health facility. https://t.co/VaXmHPF62o
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) February 24, 2018
No charges have been filed against Martin as a result of this incidents, but Harvard Westlake, his high school — also referenced in the Instagram post — was shut down on Friday following the news of Martin’s post being reported.
Martin’s original Instagram post stems from multiple incidents during his time with the Dolphins. In 2013, it was reported that Martin had been the target of severe bullying by multiple teammates, most notably fellow offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, the latter of whom starred at the University of Florida.
In October of 2013, Martin left the team, citing emotional distress. Incognito was ultimately suspended for his role, while he, Pouncey and others were found to have ‘engaged in a pattern of harassment’ toward Martin, another teammate and a Dolphins staff member following an independent investigation by the NFL.
After sitting out the remainder of the 2013 season, Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in March of 2014. Martin opened the 2014 season as the 49ers’ starting right tackle but ultimately ended up lasting just one season with the team, as he was cut from the roster in March 2015.
Martin was then signed by the Carolina Panthers but retired before the season began, citing a back injury as his reason for retirement. However, shortly thereafter, Martin posted a Facebook message stating that mental health issues and suicide attempts also factored into his decision to leave the sport.
During his time at Stanford, Martin was a two-time All-American, helping to block for Heisman Trophy finalists Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart.
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