Miami Dolphins' former attacker, Jonathan Martin, was ordered to stand up to three felony clashes at a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge on Wednesday, following an incident in February claiming former NFL teammate Richie Incognito and two former high school classmates threatened.
Martin's social media post of February 22 was considered to have enough evidence for 29-year-old Martin to answer the allegations, said Shellie Samuels at a preliminary hearing, according to the New York Daily News.
The Instagram post depicted Martin with a 12-gauge rifle that rested on a motel bed with 19 grenades scattered over the weapon. The social media acts for Incognito, fellow former dolphin teammate Mike Pouncey, and two former classmates at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles were tagged in the post, with # Miami Dolphins on the pistol grip and # Harvard Westlake on the run.
It also had the following message: & # 39; If you are a victim of bullying and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge. & # 39;
Earlier, Detective Peter Doomanis of the Los Angeles police testified that Martin showed on his web surfing on February 9 that he picked up a story about Incognito a few hours before he ordered the gun at American Gun Works.
Jonathan Martin (right) was instructed to appear on Wednesday against three offenses from a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, following an incident in February in which he reportedly threatened former NFL teammate Richie Incognito (left) and two former classmates . Martin's web surfing on 9 February allegedly showed that he had opened a story about Richie Incognito a few hours before ordering the American Gun Works shotgun
Martin's social media post of February 22 was deemed to have sufficient evidence for 29-year-old Martin to answer the accusations, according to judge Shellie Samuels
Martin left the dolphins in the middle of the 2013 season and accused Incognito of bullying him. An NFL survey later revealed that Incognito was one of three players that had bullied Martin and that Incognito had been suspended for eight games.
Martin has experienced his own problems and his lawyer, Winston McKesson, said that these problems were the reason for posting on social media. He said that Martin registered himself in a facility shortly after he had placed the image.
Martin's former dolphin teammate Mike Pouncey was also mentioned in the notorious social media post. Pouncey was one of the players who according to the NFL Martin had bullied during his stay in Miami
& # 39; He struggled with his own demons. That's what this is, "McKesson said in court and claimed that the post was not specific enough to be a criminal threat.
Judge Samuels disagreed with the argument.
& # 39; It says suicide or revenge. That sounds ambiguous at first glance, "Samuels said. & # 39; However, there are 19 shells on the photo. Suicide would make one shot. Nineteen shells is a massive shooting in which more than one person is killed, revenge.
& # 39; I think that is unambiguous enough to be a criminal threat. & # 39;
Martin remains free on bail of $ 210,000 and his next court date is January 30, according to the Daily News.
The testimony of the Court also revealed that Incognito was in such great fear when he heard on February 22 that he was driving north for two hours from Scottsdale, Arizona to meet an FBI agent.
& # 39; He described that he was in a panic. He was in fear, "Doomanis said.
Meanwhile, Harvard-Westlake closed the school on February 23 as a precaution after being notified of Martin's message.
After the bullying incident, Martin, a native of California who played at Stanford, signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Apart from a short period in Carolina, Martin has been from the NFL since the 2014 season.
Harvard-Westlake, Martin & # 39; s former high school, closed on February 23 as a precaution after being notified of his Instagram message referring to former classmates
In April, Incognito retired as a member of the Buffalo Bills and claimed he was suffering from kidney and liver problems related to stress.
Later he claimed that he had changed his mind, but refused to play for the Bills and the team has since released him from the reserve / retired list, making him an unrestricted free agent.
After the bullying incident, Martin, a native of California who played at Stanford, signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Apart from a short period in Carolina, Martin has been from the NFL since the 2014 season
However, Incognito has not yet been signed and has not played since 2017.
In August Incognito was arrested in Arizona for allegations that he threatened mortuary workers by demanding that they cut off the head of his deceased father – otherwise he would shoot them. Officially he stands for misconduct accusations of making threats and disorderly behavior
Incognito has reportedly caused a malfunction due to irregular handling and employees feeling incredibly uncomfortable & # 39; by asking if the staff can cut off their father's head for research purposes, a witness told the police in a report that TMZ obtained.
The former lineman of Buffalo Bills would also have made a rifle gesture to an employee at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary in Scottsdale, Arizona, and said he had weapons in his Ford Raptor.
Three guns, two guns and a silencer were found later in the truck by the police.
In May Incognito was reportedly implicated in a gum in a gum in Florida and later spent several days in involuntary psychiatric care.
Incognito reportedly received a mental health treatment in 2014 after allegedly beating his car with a club.