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Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin arrested today for posting threatening images on instagram

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was arrested today for posting threatening images on his Instagram. Martin is a real sore spot for me being a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan. He was in the middle of a bullying controversy with Richie Incognito in 2014. The Dolphins lost an All-Pro Guard Incognito because Martin is a big pussy.

Harvard-Westlake High School closed two Los Angeles-area campuses Friday because of an Instagram post from the verified account of alumnus and former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, which featured an image of a shotgun and mentioned the private school by name.

The Los Angeles Times and ABC News reported Martin had been taken into custody.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern Harvard Westlake said in a message to students. Friday morning and obtained by the Times. “So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today. The school’s private security team is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is present on both campuses. With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community.”

The school’s President confirmed to The Chronicle the school’s student online newspaper, that an Instagram post from verified user @jmart led to the decision to close the campuses.

Jonathan Martin

Martin a second round Draft pick of the Dolphins out of Stanford in 2012 and left the team in 2013. An investigation by the NFL found that  Incognito, Pouncey and John Jerry had engaged in harassment directed at Martin, who said he considered suicide.

“I’m a man,” Martin told NBC’s Tony Dungy in January 2014 during his first interview after leaving the Dolphins. “I’m a grown man. I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language in locker rooms. One instance doesn’t bother me. It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation … but I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. And it came down to the point where, you know, I thought it was best just to remove myself from the situation.”

Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008 and apparently felt uncomfortable as a minority there.

“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 a Facebook post from 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.”

I can relate to Jonathan Martin in two respects. I played College Football and I was bullied for two years in middle school. I heard rough language in football locker room . And Football is a sport that if you are not tough enough you will not survive. My feelings about the bullying is it is only a life changer if you let it be. Jonathan Martin and people like him have mental issues that need to be addressed. He is a menace to society.

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