Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin must go to trial on felony charges related to a threatening post on his Instagram account in February 2018.
The image on the post showed a shotgun and ammunition and tagged four accounts, including those belonging to former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey.
It also included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, where Martin went to high school in the Los Angeles area, and the Dolphins.
The caption read: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
Martin was charged in March with four felony counts of making criminal threats. One of the counts was dismissed Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told the Los Angeles Times.
Martin’s lawyer argued that the post was not specific enough to constitute a criminal threat, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shellie Samuels disagreed.
“It does say suicide or revenge,” Samuels said, according to the New York Daily News. “That does sound equivocal on its face. However, on the photo, there are 19 shells. Suicide would take one shot. Nineteen shells is a mass shooting, killing more than one person, revenge. I think that’s unequivocal enough [under the law] to be a criminal threat.”
The Daily News reported that detective Peter Doomanis testified at the hearing that Martin’s computer history revealed he did a search on Incognito hours before he ordered a shotgun on Feb. 9.
Martin hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. Weeks after retiring, he posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining that he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
Hope he’s getting the help he needs.
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