Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin must go to trial on felony expenses associated to a threatening post on his Instagram account in February 2018.
The picture on the post confirmed a shotgun and ammunition and tagged 4 accounts, together with these belonging to former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey. It additionally included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, the place Martin went to highschool within the Los Angeles space, and the Dolphins.
The caption learn: “While you’re a bully sufferer & a coward, your choices are suicide, or revenge.”
The New York Each day Information reported that Martin’s lawyer argued that the post was not particular sufficient to represent a legal risk, however Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Choose Shellie Samuels disagreed.
“It does say suicide or revenge,” she stated, in accordance to the Each day Information. “That does sound equivocal on its face. Nonetheless, on the picture, there are 19 shells. Suicide would take one shot. Nineteen shells is a mass capturing, killing a couple of individual, revenge. I believe that is unequivocal sufficient [under the law] to be a legal risk.”
The Each day Information reported that detective Peter Doomanis testified on the listening to that Martin’s laptop historical past confirmed that he did a search on Incognito hours earlier than he ordered a shotgun on Feb. 9.
On the time of the social media post, Martin, 29, was detained for questioning after which launched, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Division instructed ESPN.
A regulation enforcement supply instructed KABC-TV in Los Angeles that Martin was then held in a psychological well being facility.
Martin accused Incognito and Pouncey of bullying him in 2013 once they have been teammates in Miami, which resulted in an NFL investigation. The investigation discovered that Incognito, Pouncey and John Jerry created a hostile working atmosphere for Martin, who left the group in the midst of the season.
Incognito was suspended for eight video games by the NFL due to the investigation.
Martin hasn’t performed within the NFL since 2015. Weeks after retiring, Martin posted a prolonged message on Fb explaining that he suffered from despair and had tried to kill himself on a number of events.
Harvard-Westlake, an elite non-public faculty, closed briefly in response to the Instagram post, however police instructed ESPN there was no direct risk to the college.
In accordance to a supply, the Dolphins’ safety director reached out to the league to make officers conscious of the post. Pouncey was additionally made conscious.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, Jenna Laine and Mike Rodak contributed to this report.