On Wednesday, a judge decided that former NFL player Jonathan Martin will face trial for criminal threats over an Instagram image, he sent a shot last year with references to a high school he attended in Los Angeles, and a former teammate accused of bullying
The photo contained sufficient evidence that Martin had "answers" for three crimes, said Los Angeles County High Court judge Shellie Samuels.
Martin, 29, claimed to have threatened former Miami Dolphin teammates Richie Incognito and two former classmates at Harvard-Westlake High School in February 2018, the New York Daily News reported. The photo tagged their social media handles and showed a 1
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The caption reads: "When you are a mob victim and a fig, your options are suicide or revenge. "
Social media post was sufficient to send Incognito scrambling to an FBI secure house 2 hours from Scottsdale, Ariz. with his father, brother and dog, the paper reported and quoted testimony of the LAPD It. Peter Doomanis.
"He described being in a state of panic. He was in fear," said Doomanis.
The detective testified that Martin's web history showed he had searched for a story of incognito hours before ordering a gun action shotgun, Daily News reported.
Harvard-Westlake, a private prep school, closed his two campuses. After the entry showing hashtag "#HarvardWestlake" written in text over shotgun's barrel, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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Martin made headlines in 2013 when he accused Incognito and other Miami teammates of harassment in the closet. An NFL study found that Martin was actually bullied.
The Dolphins suspended Incognito for their role in the bullying scandal. After missing out on the 2014 NFL season, he joined Buffalo Bills as a free agent. In 2018, Incognito was accused of using "weak racist veil" of an opponent. He was released from his contract last May.
Martin was acting for the scandal and played a season for the San Francisco 49ers. He retired in 2015 after a back injury.
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That same year, Martin publicly opened to attempt suicide during his NFL career and how he often felt uncomfortable as a minority on the elite Los Angeles private school, LA Times reported.
Martin's pretrial hearing is scheduled for January 30.