The victim in the NFL’s most famous case of bullying was detained by police after he posted a bizarre, threatening image on Instagram featuring a shotgun, shells, and the handles of some of his bullies.
Jonathan Martin, who spent three years in the NFL playing for the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers, shared this disturbing image on Instagram, including the handles of his bullies and a hashtag featuring the name of the prep school he’d attended, along with the message, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff on his IG story… pic.twitter.com/NaJ8a0BXze
— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) February 23, 2018
Though he wasn’t arrested, police detained Martin soon after for questioning. Harvard-Westlake School closed both its campuses.
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“Students already on campus will be supervised and protected in designated areas until parents can make arrangements to pick them up or for them to return home safely”
— Matt Stone (@MattStoneABC) February 23, 2018
Martin’s perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of bullying from Richie Incognito, then his Dolphins teammate. The harassment was often racially charged. The team suspended Incognito over the incident in November 2013, and he wouldn’t play in the NFL again until his being signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2015.
That same year, Martin revealed he’d attempted suicide more than once during his NFL career. He also detailed his struggles in football and at Harvard-Westlake.
“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 on social media in 2015. “Neither black nor white people accept you because they don’t understand you. It takes away from your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity.”