March 18, 2018

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin detained by police over social media post

26 February 2018, 02:08 | Camille Rivera

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Martin #71 of the Miami Dolphins prepares to block linebacker Paul Kruger #99 of the Cleveland Browns

In a statement released to the school, President Rick Commons said that members of the administration chose to halt campus operations temporarily after they discovered an alumnus's Instagram post that suggested an attack on the school and specifically mentioned Harvard-Westlake.

The Dolphins, Harvard Westlake, the high school he attended before going to Stanford, two agents, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, and former Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito were all tagged on the photo.

He left the team in 2013, and it was determined in a report by investigator Ted Wells that Incognito, Pouncey and former Dolphins guard John Jerry engaged in a "pattern of harassment" against Martin.

"The individual believed to be responsible for the social media post is being detained, however he is not in police custody", the LAPD spokesperson Tony Im told USA TODAY Sports in an email on Friday night.

Martin's Instagram is private, but a screencap of the alleged post has been circulating on social media, with the caption, "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge". Frank Albarran of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division said around noon.

At this time, it's unclear if Martin is receiving medical treatment.

The Los Angeles Times also reports that in 2015, Martin detailed his struggles growing up in a series of Facebook and Twitter posts.

Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald  MCT  Getty Images Tackle Jonathan Martin right in his stance before the ball is snapped during Miami Dolphins practice
Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald MCT Getty Images Tackle Jonathan Martin right in his stance before the ball is snapped during Miami Dolphins practice

The report revealed Martin had been subjected to racist, sexually explicit, homophobic and misogynistic messages, and labeled his interactions with Incognito, who was suspended for eight games by the National Football League because of the investigation, as "harassment".

The Instagram post includes an image of a shotgun and shells, the name of the California school where Martin went, and the names of several former teammates.

Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name.

The former lineman hasn't played since 2015. He also tagged James Dunleavy, who attended Harvard-Westlake and was a walk-on basketball player at the University of Southern California. "Neither black nor white people accept you because they don't understand you".

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

It's obvious that something just isn't right here.

This a developing story which we will update on a continuous basis.

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