LOS ANGELES Former Miami Dolphins player and Harvard-Westlake School alum Jonathan Martin was charged Monday with making criminal threats stemming from an Instagram post that closed the school for a day last month, according to a pair of media reports. Upon Martin's arrest on February 23, police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, knife and ax located in his vehicle.
According to an online file, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has filed five criminal charges against Martin. The photo on his private but verified Instagram account had the caption "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide or revenge". A second shotgun was also found at his parents' home.
Martin, who was the target of harassment from teammates with the Dolphins in 2013, is expected to turn himself into authorities at some point on Tuesday.
Hours prior, Martin posted a cryptic and alarming message to Instagram resulting in the closing of his alma mater Harvard-Westlake High School for safety reasons.
He was soon taken into custody by police for an evaluation, and has now been formally hit with charges. Martin, who graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008, tagged the school, two former classmates and two of his former National Football League teammates in the post.
A second-round pick out of Stanford in 2012, Martin retired from the National Football League in 2015 due to a back injury. He played one season in San Francisco before retiring in 2015.