Report: Police Have Issued Arrest Warrant for Former NFL Lineman Jonathan Martin, After Instagram Threat

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An arrest warrant has been issued in Los Angeles for former Dolphin and 49er offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, on four charges of making criminal threats and one charge of possessing a loaded firearm, according to TMZ.

The warrant is the result of an incident in late February, in which Martin was arrested after posting a photo of a shotgun and shells, with his high school tagged in the post. Martin also tagged the Miami Dolphins, former Dolphin Mike Pouncey, and Richie Incognito.

Incognito was at the center of the bullying scandal which enveloped Martin, and the Dolphins in 2013.

The caption to Martin’s post, cryptically read: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”

According to Yahoo! Sports:

L.A.’s Harvard Westlake high school closed out of caution for the day, just a little more than a week after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives.

TMZ also reported that Martin was in possession of 12-gauge shotgun, a knife and an axeat the time of his Feb. 23 arrest.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Martin checked into a mental facility on the day of the Instagram post, where he was detained by police. It was not clear if Martin attended the facility voluntarily or was forced to undergo an evaluation.

On the day of the incident the LAPD told USA Today that Martin had been detained, but was not in police custody. With nearly a month having passed since the day of Martin’s Instagram post, it’s not apparent or clear why the police have decided to issue the warrant.

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