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Ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin detained over social media post that mentioned Richie Incognito

Former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was detained Friday in Southern California after a social media post that depicted a shotgun and shell casings and included the Twitter names of several people, including Bills lineman Richie Incognito, according to reports.

“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.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Martin was released Friday evening. Martin was held at a medical facility where he went to seek treatment Friday, according to USA TODAY Sports. Martin was attempting to check himself into the hospital, the report said.

On the photo of the gun were the hashtags #HarvardWestlake and #Miami Dolphins. The image also showed shell casings and had the Twitter names of Incognito, former Dolphins teammate Mike Pouncey and two others.

Martin attended Harvard-Westlake, an elite prep school in Southern California, before attending Stanford.

Incognito and Pouncey were two of the three Dolphins players whom the report from NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells said created a hostile working environment for Martin, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season claiming he was being bullied by teammates.

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 NFL because of the investigation, as “harassment.”

It is unclear if the gun or ammunition depicted in the photo belongs to Martin. It also is unknown whether Martin posted the image himself.

Incognito told the Buffalo News that he could not comment. A Bills spokesman said the team was aware of the social media post but does not have any comment. The NFL referred comment to the Los Angeles police.

Harvard-Westlake was evacuated Friday, although police would only say that officers responded to investigate a "security risk" at the school "after an Instagram post by a former student who is now an adult,” according to USA TODAY Sports. Police later determined there was “no credible threat” against the school.

"The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.


Martin left the Dolphins midway through the 2013 season to receive professional treatment for emotional issues. He later admitted to depression and said he had attempted suicide. Incognito was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team and sat out the 2014 season after the Wells report detailed the bullying Martin received.

Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers before the 2014 season, weeks after the Wells report was released. He struggled as a starter with the 49ers and was subsequently waived the following offseason. The Carolina Panthers claimed Martin off waivers in March, but Martin retired before training camp opened in 2015, citing a back injury.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that in 2015, Martin detailed his struggles growing up in a series of Facebook and Twitter posts. He admitted to attempting suicide while playing in the NFL. He also said he had been uncomfortable at Harvard-Westlake as “one of just a handful of minorities” on the campus.

Incognito signed with the Bills in February 2015..

"Jonathan had his troubles," Incognito said in 2016. "He had his demons, like we all do. And he left for whatever reason, and he handled it the way he did. And then the story kind of takes on a life of its own and there’s the narrative that Jonathan and his camp wants you to believe, and then there’s, like I said, what me, Mike Pouncey, what John Jerry, what Jim Turner, what we know what happened. And I can sleep good at night knowing what happened and what my actions were. I’m not saying I was a saint but I sleep well at night knowing what I did."

A desired conclusion for Incognito and Brady?

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