Jonathan Martin taken into custody after threatening Instagram post

Jonathan Martin was subjected to extensive bullying during his time with the Miami Dolphins.   Joel Auerbach  Getty Images

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of revenge for bullying, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The Instagram post also included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, the private suburban Los Angeles high school Martin attended, and the Dolphins. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the decision to cancel classes was made by Harvard-Westlake due to an "indirect threat" on Instagram.

Harvard Westlake closed both of its Los Angeles campuses after learning of the threat on Friday.

The image, which referenced revenge and suicide as the only options for a victim of bullying, was posted to a verified Instagram account belonging to Martin, the former Miami Dolphins' offensive lineman who accused teammates of bullying in 2013. "With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community". If you look back at his problems being bullied in 2013, including his reveal in 2016 that he tried committing suicide several times, the man has certainly dealt with a lot.

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"The image also included "#HarvardWestlake" and "#MiamiDolphins" superimposed over the shotgun, along with social media handles for former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, and a pair of former Harvard-Westlake classmates. Martin?hasn't played in the National Football League since 2015.?Weeks after retiring, Martin posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining that he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.

In 2015, Martin posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times.

"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. "It takes away your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity". Police are investigating if Martin created the post or if it was the work of hackers.



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