Report: Jonathan Martin taken into custody

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Authorities have taken former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin into custody, Matt Stone of ABC News reports.

Martin’s former high school, Harvard-Westlake High School in California, closed for the day after it became aware of a social media post from Martin’s private Instagram account.

The post included the words, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” It had the hashtags #MiamiDolphins and #HarvardWestlake. It also included an image of a shotgun and shells.

Martin tagged Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito in the post. He accused his former Dolphins teammates of bullying him when the three played together in Miami.

138 responses to “Report: Jonathan Martin taken into custody

  1. He tagged his high school? How could a guy this big (and this good at football) get bullied in high school?

  2. Too bad the FBI and maybe even the cops in Parkland didn’t get to Cruz like they did with this nut job.

  3. The kid obviously needs help. Fortunately, no one was injured in this case and his cry for help here will hopefully be heard and he can receive treatment for his demons/condition.

  4. This guy is such a softy… Who threatens their former High School a decade after graduating.

    Also sick of the “bully-victim” mentality, such a cop-out for not taking responsibility for your life and blaming others.

  5. It sounds to me like he was attempting to explain the mindset of the shooter in Parkland. Empathy is a good thing, but it was a really bad idea to post his thoughts publicly without an explanation. Yikes.

  6. This is a strange thing. On one hand, one could make the argument that said “bullying” had led to this, and Martin never sought counseling afterwards to release his grievances in a productive way.

    On the other, one could say that Martin has been this way since long before and the cry for “bullying” was only due to this inborn insecurity. No matter the reasoning, this is NOT the type of outcome that should be tolerated. Glad he’s been taken into custody before such an ominous post became outright tragedy.

  7. I will get slammed for this I know, but stupid and insensitive is not a crime. I can’t see a clear threat in anything he wrote. It is incredibly insensitive and shows an alarming lack or sympathy and caring. But I’m not sure we can arrest all the jerks. It is possible there was a lot more to the post than I know, in which case I stand corrected. But honestly we fail to act on a lot more credible threats than this.

  8. I’m glad he is in custody. IR may have been a lame attempt at social commentary by Jonathan Martin- but we cannot take any chances.

  9. Same thing should have happened to Nikolas Cruz when he started posting on social media. People need to take action when they feel action is needed. First classmate he threatened should have come forward, first post he posted should have been reported. It does sound like the local police department did blow all the signs off when they had the opportunity to take action.

  10. If only the police had done their job and done the same during any one of the 39 times they visited the school shooter. Good to see that incompetence did not occur in this case.

    Martin needs professional mental-health care. I hope he gets it.

  11. This clown almost ruined Incognito career all for being a baby. Hope they throw the book at him and he serves time!!!
    Another snowflake that will blame someone else for his actions. His parents raised him to be a baby snowflake and this is what you get!!

  12. Sometimes, people thought you were an idiot. Then, along came twitter and you proved them all correct. SMDH

  13. I’m not entirely certain that this was a threat. Martin is an odd guy and I don’t see him essentially calling himself a coward. I think that he may have been trying, poorly, to get people to stop the violence in school by making the “potential perps” think that this is the way of the coward.

    Of course, I could be wrong.

  14. When people realize that guns aren’t the real problem but the bullying is than maybe progress will be made. All these kids out rallying, skipping school, how many of them bullied the all these kids before he snapped but to avoid responsibility they cry it was the guns. I do believe AR’s should be banned, but if you think a revenge minded victim won’t use knives, bombs, cars etc your part of the problem.

  15. Bullies find a way to find the right people to pick on. Either the person is very insecure or has a mental illness. Many rise above it, but a scarred for life.

    Martin falls in here somewhere. But now he is a danger to himself and or society (he’s the one that pointed that out).

    Bullies suck the life out of the weak. Called ‘thinning the herd’. Well be proud, because it worked.

  16. This story is just insane. Harvard Westlake is one the most elite high schools in the Los Angeles area and is the alma mater of several famous athletes, including Giancarlo Stanton. Thankfully nothing happened. Many of my wife patients go that school.

  17. Worth noting that Harvard-Westlake High School is private and costs $38,000 per year. Yes, bullying can happen anywhere but he didn’t have gangbangers shoving him into lockers or anything like that. Also as a star on the football team who ended up going to Stanford on scholarship he would have seemingly been a tough guy to bully, at least in the traditional sense.

  18. What an educated crazy nut this Jonathan Martin is. Consider this Miami Dolphin fans: The Dolphins released Richie Incognito due to the bullying scandal. Richie Incognito made the Pro Bowl playing for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.

  19. “askeddie11 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    Where is his freedom of speech, and where did it end.”

    Implication and threat of harm is right where it ended. I am a big supporter of all enumerated amendments and freedoms, but you’re freedom ends at the point that you threaten someone else’s life.

  20. This guy killed the dolphins offensive line to this date. Incognito is a probowler for a division rival and he was a second round pick.

  21. He won’t be arrested for tweeting, and anyone who thinks he will is an idiot.

    That would be an egregious first amendment violation.

  22. “That would be an egregious first amendment violation.”

    It’s not legal to threaten nor intimate people with violence. DA.

  23. James Jackson says:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    Richie Incognito’s day just got a little bit better.
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    Or did it? I bet he leaves his outside lights on and the house alarm activated….

  24. Don’t you love when headlines transcend sports? Colts/Patriots fans, Packers/Bears fans, Ravens and Steelers fans…..we can ALL come together in our anger for this clown’s terribly poor timing and in out pity for his seriously flawed cry for help.

  25. Does Richie now get the part of his life back where he was made out to be the villain? And what’s his compensation?

    Or is the media still going to protect the supposed “victim” in this situation?

  26. There’s a reason why you are literally 300 times more likely to be murdered by a gun in the US than Japan….or pretty much any country you choose. But blind sheep buy whatever the NRA tells them.

  27. Finfan362 says:

    February 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    When people realize that guns aren’t the real problem but the bullying is than maybe progress will be made. All these kids out rallying, skipping school, how many of them bullied the all these kids before he snapped but to avoid responsibility they cry it was the guns. I do believe AR’s should be banned, but if you think a revenge minded victim won’t use knives, bombs, cars etc your part of the problem.

    This is such an insane comment. The only part I agree with is the AR-15 part. You actually have the nerve to blame KIDS who were shot to death? Were you at that school? Do you know he was bullied? Doesn’t sound like he was. Sounds like a mentally unstable person. But by all means let’s allow that crazy 19 year old to buy an assault rifle killing machine. Even if he was bullied, you act like they deserve it or something. You should be absolutely, positively ashamed of yourself.

  28. the17thearlofoxford says:
    He won’t be arrested for tweeting, and anyone who thinks he will is an idiot.
    That would be an egregious first amendment violation.
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    You can absolutely get arrested for making threats of violence against others. NO that is not a violation of your first amendment rights.

  29. Its not GUNS or dumber yet not Bullying. These were all around when I went through school. So what has changed. The PERSON of TODAY has. Look in the mirror.

  30. Why did the Media stop reporting the shooter in Florida was picked on and harassed? Was it the teachers who were picking on him? The police? Or his peers? We won’t know because that narrative goes counter to their bias.

    Either way, Joni had absolutely no place in a NFL locker room. And all you people who heaped on the white man, should be ashamed of yourselves.

  31. The media AND the Dolphins owe Richie Incognito an apology. This sensitive wuss never belonged in the NFL.

  32. Incredible. Every anti-NRA comment I make gets nailed with down votes. No matter how many FACTS are out there about gun violence in this country, nothing will stop you will it? This is freaking sad. Hopefully these are Russian bots so I can at least have a shred of faith in this country.

  33. Yeah, I don’t buy this CTE crap. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but it’s not the excuse for everything.

    SI writes a story about how depressed Junior Seau is after his career is over. He can’t handle not being in the spotlight anymore. A year later, he kills himself and CTE is blamed.

    Erik Kramer attempts suicide shortly after his son dies of a drug overdose and CTE is blamed.

    Rashaan Salaam kills himself after having a nothing career and never living up to his potential and basically being broke and CTE is blamed.

    I’m not saying it doesn’t exist. I’m just saying it’s not the excuse for every time a current or former NFL player does something bad.

  34. kerrchris65 says:

    People are so mentally soft these days. Probably the fault of the hippy generations of the 60s and 70s.
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    The baby boomers wussified and ruined this country.

  35. One more thing to the idiot who placed blame on kids for bullying. That killer was the bully if you actually read about it. He was part of a white supremacy group and would shout racist things at other students not to mention countless other stories. But by all means continue to down vote my comment defending kids and up vote this monster.

  36. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Richie Incognito in the Pro Bowl. Jonathan Martin in custody. Bills win
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    You are right. The Dolphins are the only victim here. They lost a Pro-Bowler because of this Mentally Challenged Imbecile. I hope he rots in Jail, but his Lawyer Parents will have him out before I am done typing.

  37. onebuffalove716 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    Good thing the league made an example out of incognito

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    I believe that the “Authorities” did the “right thing” by apprehending J.Martin and assessing his mental well being as of this moment.

    But, have any of you Listened to the Voice Mail Messages Richie Incognito left JM or the barrage of disgustingly Racist/Vile text messages he sent him?? This in NO WAY Vindicates Richie Incognito one IOTA!!! The Wells Report CLEARLY showed that Richie Incognito was a P.O.S. and because JM has shown to be Emotionally/Mentally Fragile does not Negate his Behavior One Damn Bit!!

  38. He will blame Trump, that is the theme nowadays. When all else fails, it is obviously Trump’s fault

  39. khenien says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    Finfan362 says:

    February 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    When people realize that guns aren’t the real problem but the bullying is than maybe progress will be made. All these kids out rallying, skipping school, how many of them bullied the all these kids before he snapped but to avoid responsibility they cry it was the guns. I do believe AR’s should be banned, but if you think a revenge minded victim won’t use knives, bombs, cars etc your part of the problem.

    This is such an insane comment. The only part I agree with is the AR-15 part. You actually have the nerve to blame KIDS who were shot to death? Were you at that school? Do you know he was bullied? Doesn’t sound like he was. Sounds like a mentally unstable person. But by all means let’s allow that crazy 19 year old to buy an assault rifle killing machine. Even if he was bullied, you act like they deserve it or something. You should be absolutely, positively ashamed of yourself.
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    The root of all these mass shootings is they were bullied at some point or perceived themselves to be, look at Martin, 6″5 300lbs and bullied and look at the result. Did the gun bully him, no people did. Do I blame the kids that got shot in these circumstances, heck no, but you cant deny the partial responsibilities of these bullies causing these actions. I never said they deserved to be shot and dont interpret what I say to fit your feelings.

  40. Glaringly absent are the cadre of Martin supporters who were having a jolly old time launching their prejudicial bile back during the Miami mendacity. I wonder if those you know whos at ESPN who also vilified and journalistically eviscerated Incognito and anyone who wouldn’t grab a pitchfork are feeling a little red faced now that the other shoe has dropped.

  41. It’s a cry for help. Perhaps someone will reach to help him.

    PS, Incognito is still a punk

  42. Icognito got a raw deal by the SJWNFL because Martin couldn’t handle being benched and didn’t want to play anymore. His parents are labor attorneys, and surely coached on him on how to make sure he got paid in full for not playing.

  43. Hm, where to start. What pushes a bully victim to resort to violence? Is it the act of being bullied? The belief that nobody was doing anything for him or hearing his story? By putting bullies “on blast”, you take the onus off the bullied. Instead of growing up and fighting back, they expect others to do that for them. This is a perfect example of that. What has he done to better himself since he imploded the Dolphins locker room and almost ruined a fellow player’s career? Not much besides threatening innocent individuals with violence. What happened here today has nothing to do with him being bullied. At some point, we all need to grow up and deal with our own problems, something pretty much lost in today’s America. Nobody is held responsible for their own actions, instead, the finger is always pointed elsewhere, away from the individual. People need to start looking in the mirror first when trying to identify the source of a problem. As far as “victims” of bullying goes, identify the source of the bullying, if it’s something that you can change(we had a smelly kid in school, never showered it seemed like, even when it was available via the school gym) do so. Why force others to change when you yourself refuse to change? It’s a 2-way street.

  44. anti gun? I bet every single person in that high school that was hiding in fear of being killed wished they had a gun in that situation. No law is going to get rid of guns. Illegal drugs have been banned and illegal for decades but I could walk to the corner and buy whatever I want in 15 minutes. What did the laws do for drugs? Did alcohol disappear during prohibition? I carry a gun with me everyday. Me and my family feel safe. You want to feel safe in today’s society? Buy a firearm, own it responsibly and train with it.

  45. bigblu73 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    onebuffalove716 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    Good thing the league made an example out of incognito

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    I believe that the “Authorities” did the “right thing” by apprehending J.Martin and assessing his mental well being as of this moment.

    But, have any of you Listened to the Voice Mail Messages Richie Incognito left JM or the barrage of disgustingly Racist/Vile text messages he sent him?? This in NO WAY Vindicates Richie Incognito one IOTA!!! The Wells Report CLEARLY showed that Richie Incognito was a P.O.S. and because JM has shown to be Emotionally/Mentally Fragile does not Negate his Behavior One Damn Bit!!
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    Have you? There were at least two versions of the voicemail and text message exchanges. One was generated by Martin’s team and removed all traces of shadiness from his side (and that is the only one the national media bothered to use. Surely the language is inappropriate for me and doesn’t work at all in a cubicle office setting but it was mutual banter in their relationship. Martin’s JOB was to physically bully defensive lineman. Seriously. In instances of personal bullying directed at Martin it was Incognito that stood up for Martin when he wouldn’t do so himself. Their relationship was far different than how it was portrayed. Incognito’s words may be offensive but his intentions were clearly not aimed at bullying Martin. Ever say some messed up stuff to a friend? Incognito’s were put on blast and criticized by every snowflake with a microphone or a keyboard. How would your interactions fare in that regard? Deflategate was not the first time facts got twisted around by Wells. What happened to Incognito was absolutely unjustified but people accepted it because he was a typical meathead jock you’ve seen in tons of movies but have never spoken out against. With all due respect, you and many others were duped by the anti-bullying agenda of the media that actively avoided the facts that didn’t fit their cause. I looked at all the data that could be found on that incident. Incognito was more of a victim in the aftermath than Martin ever was in Miami. Martin planned to exploit the issue by embellishing on things. It broke when a running joke played on several teammates prior was done to him. He sat down at a lunch table and his friends got up, changed tables and giggled. A scenario played out thousands of times in schools for quite a long time. Martin’s reactionm was to slam his tray to the floor and run (something he didn’t bother doing on the field) to his car and immediately drove to the closest mental health clinic and called his Mom who just so happened to be a corporate lawyer specializing in these types of issues. Again, you were duped.

  46. Firstly, good for those people who alerted the authorities regarding this potentially dangerous situation. Whether his post was a cry for help or a precursor to an intent to kill or injure, he is where he needs to be right now.

    What I simply cannot understand is the many comments stating that Martin should “… grow a pair!” And others not believing that a guy so large and so talented at football could ever be bullied. Bullying doesn’t have to be physical in any way. Most verbal bullying can completely destroy a person’s mental state. This doesn’t make that person weak, but it can cause the target to self loathe, self harm, and sometimes lose their ability to make normal decisions.

    Here’s hoping that Martin receives the help that he needs, and that in time, he can start living his life in the way that most of us take for granted.

  47. khenien says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Incredible. Every anti-NRA comment I make gets nailed with down votes. No matter how many FACTS are out there about gun violence in this country, nothing will stop you will it? This is freaking sad. Hopefully these are Russian bots so I can at least have a shred of faith in this country.
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    Awww…..looks like someone needs a safe space

  48. akuma9000 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    The media AND the Dolphins owe Richie Incognito an apology. This sensitive wuss never belonged in the NFL.

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    How about the NFL? Because didnt they investigate and determine this guy was a victim? Lets face it, this is looking like this is a guy that cries victim harder than most so we have to be open to the idea he got the NFL going the wrong direction and then they ran that way as they will do when they want to when they want to make a public show. I dont know that for certain, I can only suspect not know that he wasnt, despite all this, still bullied for real on the Dolphins. But given the track record this dies look a lot like another possible case where they went hard at someone with the wrong answer.

  49. It has been a relative quiet off-season in terms of players misbehaving. Too bad they don’t realize their brains will be like jelly in 20 or so years.

  50. As if it wasn’t already obvious how psyche-destroying bullying is, here you have a glaring (if extreme) example.

    And yet there are some posters her who think piling on more is somehow a good idea. . . .SMDH.

  51. 72 hour hold and evaluation is in order. He won’t be charged with crime, unless there is more to this than reported. He can be held, however, for psyc exam. Help is on its way Jonathan.

  52. Why did our classmates drive m the Forest area often have rifles in their pickup trucks, machetes, knives, and shotguns at our school. Never had one incident. Do ya really think guns are the issue ? Does anyone really believe that?

  53. nhpats says:
    February 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    khenien says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Incredible. Every anti-NRA comment I make gets nailed with down votes. No matter how many FACTS are out there about gun violence in this country, nothing will stop you will it? This is freaking sad. Hopefully these are Russian bots so I can at least have a shred of faith in this country.
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    Bullying and Russian bots are both a serious problem in the USA. And so is the NRA, for they care nothing about students, or those killed by the gun companies they represent. Imagine too if during the cold war USA had a president to allow Russia to run ruff shod over its elections? That is a frump era failing, and of every person who voted him into office. Today, USA is the laughing stalk of the world.

    There’s more to the Martin story. These folks are quick to judge without knowing the facts. They should be in the WH, or in Russia where facts are not allowed. Patriots they are not!

  54. True justice and irony would be if Incognito was the one who called the school and/or authorities since Martin was stupid enough to include Incognito and Pouncy in his hashtags.

  55. He actually hasn’t done anything wrong. It’s awkward social commentary, but he makes a point that nobody is listening to, even if he doesn’t realize it. Schools need to go back and take the straight jackets off the boys and let them sort things out themselves like they have always done. Zero tolerance and depicting school yard tumbles as equivalent to gun violence gives socially awkward boys no hope of gaining some bit of respect from peers. It spirals down from there. Toss in the eventual rejection from a girl and you get a young guy unable to tell the difference between shooting and a fat lip. There is clearly a problem with the way boys are socialized in schools today. Schools are very anti male behavior. The results are obvious. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist….

    On a side note, his rights are probably being violated but nobody will care in the post Parkland hysteria. “We didn’t get Cruz but we damn sure will get you.” That ought to scare people more but emotions are running high in light of a terrible tragedy.

  56. 250dollarnflowner says:
    February 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    anti gun? I bet every single person in that high school that was hiding in fear of being killed wished they had a gun in that situation. No law is going to get rid of guns. Illegal drugs have been banned and illegal for decades but I could walk to the corner and buy whatever I want in 15 minutes. What did the laws do for drugs? Did alcohol disappear during prohibition? I carry a gun with me everyday. Me and my family feel safe. You want to feel safe in today’s society? Buy a firearm, own it responsibly and train with it.

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    Judging by what we’re seeing on the news, I’m pretty sure the youth of FL are currently supporting gun law reform. I support the right to bare arms but the stranglehold that the NRA has on our political landscape has to stop if we’re going to make any progress towards reducing mass shootings. I feel sorry for anyone that feels the need to carry a gun at all times. Only a coward requires a gun to feel safe.

  57. “khenien says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Incredible. Every anti-NRA comment I make gets nailed with down votes. No matter how many FACTS are out there about gun violence in this country, nothing will stop you will it? This is freaking sad. Hopefully these are Russian bots so I can at least have a shred of faith in this country.
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    Bullying and Russian bots are both a serious problem in the USA. And so is the NRA, for they care nothing about students, or those killed by the gun companies they represent.

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    Yeah, our nation is in a bad, bad place right now. The Genie has been let out of the bottle for some time and we now live in a Mad Max movie kinda U.S.A. Anyhoo… in speaking of Russian disinformation BOTS and such, you forgot to mention the N.R.A. bots doing the same darn thing. Still, the SCOTUS, Congress, the WH, State Legislatures and Statehouses have been bought and paid for…for decades…and just look where they brought us. All you need to do is cast a non-partisan eye at the reaction of every politico who has taken campaign money from the NRA as they squirm, look away, run away, hide entirely or equivocate their responses to real media.

    What is happening here is OK by them as long as they have funding to get re-elected and THEIR family doesn’t get shot up. Do they truly believe that the population needs to be armed with assault rifles? No, they don’t…but they’re not going to say it until they’ve run their last campaign.

  58. I don’t believe it. First how could the feebs figure out it was him.he only refers to Miami football, only two possible people he played with, a school a lot of Martin’s attended, an his Instagram account. Just not enough to go on here.

  59. So…tell me who’s in more control of their person, Martin or Incognito?

    Here is something no one is allowed to remember or talk about due to political correctness: Martin was mouthy in his tweets as was Incognito, and we all know why the latter took a hit for it, but the former carried on unscathed.

    Martin needs to be punished to the full extent of the law for his terroristic post as if it were an actual threat.

  60. I love all the folks on hear thinking that this totally absolves Richie Incognito…

    I seem to remember watching cell phone video of the guy threatening to beat the crap out of a fellow bar patron who happened to be about 2 feet shorter and 200 lbs lighter…

    The dude is a bully, plain and simple. A stupid social media post by Martin doesn’t change that fact.

    Just saying…

  61. NinersFan1973 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm
    Yeah, I don’t buy this CTE crap. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but it’s not the excuse for everything…
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    Well, no, not an excuse for everything, but brain injuries often lead to mood disorders and depression. Once depression enters the picture all bets are off – you’re not dealing with a rational person when they’re having a hard time.

    Football is a violent game, and a concussion doesn’t have to come from a “big hit”. Linemen can get concussed from repeated short-range hits.

    I’m not saying any of this has to do with Martin – who knows – but the long-term health consequences faced by NFL players related specifically to foot injuries are pretty significant.

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