Former NFL lineman's shotgun 'revenge' Instagram post prompts school closing

Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin played 38 games in the N.F.L. before retiring in July. Credit Wilfredo Lee  Associated Press

Martin became the victimized face of National Football League bullying in 2013 when he charged teammates, namely fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, with harsh treatment in the locker room.

Jonathan Martin, who graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008 and went on to play as an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, was being questioned by LAPD detectives about the post, the sources confirmed. As a result, both of Harvard-Westlake's campuses in Studio City and Beverly Crest were closed, students were told to stay off-campus, and Jonathan was detained and taken into custody, according to TMZ and ABC.

"The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing", the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The alert did not say anything more about the threat, but said the school would release more information later in the day. The image showed a shotgun, ammunition and tagged four accounts, including those belonging to former Miami teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey.

Martin was bullied by Dolphins teammates in 2013, according to an independent report commissioned by the NFL. The investigation determined that Incognito, Pouncey and John Jerry engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at Martin and another young offensive lineman identified as Player A in the Ted Wells report.

It was not immediately clear whether Martin posted the photo himself and he was not under arrest Friday afternoon.

Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills. Daily News the post that prompted the school closure said something like, "When you're a victim of bullying, an option is revenge".

Mr Martin did not play for Miami after the bullying allegations became public, and retired from the sport through injury in 2015.

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