Jonathan Martin cuts plea deal in Instagram threat case

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Former NFL player Jonathan Martin has cut a plea deal after accusations that he threatened former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, as well as two of his former classmates.

Martin will have his charges dropped if he follows court-ordered mental health counseling.

“Today, a judge granted Jonathan Martin mental health diversion without objection for two years that includes outpatient, weekly individual psychotherapy sessions, weekly alcohol counseling and bimonthly consultation with a licensed psychiatrist,” the L.A. District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to TMZ. “If he complies with those terms and otherwise does not commit any other significant criminal offenses, the court will dismiss the charges.”

Martin posted a picture of a shotgun on Instagram with a message saying, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” The post tagged Pouncey, Incognito and the two high school classmates. That resulted in Martin’s former high school being closed for the day amid concerns that Martin could have been planning a school shooting. It was later reported that Martin purchased the shotgun shortly after looking up information about Incognito online.

Charges for threatening Pouncey were dropped because he told authorities that he did not take the threat seriously and did not want to press charges or testify against Martin. But Martin still faced charges for other threats, as well as for illegally possessing a loaded firearm.

18 responses to “Jonathan Martin cuts plea deal in Instagram threat case

  1. He needs help. His high school Is a ritzy private school costing $40,000 per year. This wasn’t some rough school in the hood and nobody there was bullying an offensive tackle headed to Stanford.

  2. mogogo1 says:
    October 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    He needs help. His high school Is a ritzy private school costing $40,000 per year. This wasn’t some rough school in the hood and nobody there was bullying an offensive tackle headed to Stanford.
    Lol you do know that bullying exists at every high school in the world? Actually went to college with people he went to high school with and they say he was bullied mercilessly. It got really bad, and he was just a nice guy who never really stood up for himself.

  3. Aren’t both his parents corporate attorneys specializing in employment issues? His mother is a Toyota lawyer, I know. Funny he filed his bullying complaint right after he was benched and took time off to visit his Mom.
    I wonder if this plea will prevent him from purchasing/owning another firearm for mental health reasons? Ideas?

  4. This will not end well. Our society feels such sympathy for people with mental health issues that we…send them on their merry way and request they get help. Meantime, he and so many others are a hazard. I’m not suggesting we lock ’em up and throw away the key, but these types of crimes would be better served with the person being held in a mental health facility for treatment. They obviously cannot make good decisions for themselves and are a danger to themselves and others. They are often not in their “right mind” and can’t make the right decisions.

  5. I do feel bad for him because he does have mental health issues. Glad to see he’s getting the help he needs….and stays on that course for the rest of his life. A little compassion goes a long way these days

  6. I really hate when someone with a mental illness is found not guilty be reason of insanity after committing a crime and then don’t stay on the meds that allow them to repress the illness. They are usually back in the system and more innocent people are victimized. In the words of Spock “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”.

  7. Get this guy some help and let everyone move on. A nasty smear on all players, and organizations involved. Just stinks all over.

  8. vaphinfan says:
    October 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    If he had played for the Patriots, it would had been swept under the rug.
    If he had played for the Patriots, he wouldn’t have been bullied in the locker room, wouldn’t have looked for info on Incognito on-line, wouldn’t have purchased the shotgun, wouldn’t have made the post that got him sentenced, and would have gotten the help he needs long ago…

    See? This what if stuff can go both ways. Why don’t you give living in reality a try.

  9. This dude was already doing that IIRC. Basically the judge said keep doing what you’re doing and you get to stay out of jail and not be held accountable.

  10. ….All while RI and MP keep playing. throw the 1st punch, who cares, right. Naw naw, it’s all Martin’s fault. Nevermind the people that drove him to take the actions he did. Mental abuse, totally cool. Punishing and backing the abused into further corners is the legit way to go.

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