Ex-Dolphins T Jonathan Martin detained, released by LAPD after threatening Instagram post

Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on October 27, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Former offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, whose NFL career ended shortly after his accusations of being bullied by Miami Dolphins teammates in 2013 resulted in a league investigation and the firings of a coach and trainer, reportedly was detained and questioned by the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday afternoon after posting a chilling story on his Instagram page.

UPDATE: Martin reportedly released from custody later Friday

The post features a picture of a shotgun with the handles of ex-Dolphin teammates Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito – among others – and that of his high school and the Miami Dolphins. There are shotgun shells scattered around the gun.

The words “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge” appear in red letters next to the gun and shells.

On Friday, Harvard-Westlake, the Los Angeles-area high school Martin attended, was closed.

“Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name,” the school said in a statement as it closed both of its campuses. “Out of an abundance of caution, and because the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, we made the decision to close school today. We are working closely with law enforcement and will share more information when we are able.”

ABC News first reported that Martin was being detained and questioned. USA Today, quoting an anonymous source, said Martin was being detained at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

This frightening event comes on the heels of the Feb. 14 massacre at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High when 17 students and staffers were gunned down inside the school by a former student.

The “Bullygate” scandal rocked the Dolphins in 2013 as Martin, who played parts of two seasons for the Dolphins, claimed that he was mistreated by players and coaches. The NFL hired attorney Ted Wells to do an investigation that focused on Pouncey, Incognito, fellow linemen John Jerry and Andrew McDonald, trainer Kevin O’Neill and line coach Jim Turner. Martin accused Incognito and Jerry of racism and verbal and emotional abuse. Wells found that Martin was subjected to “a pattern of harassment” – including racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister by Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey.

Turner and O’Neill were fired by the Dolphins because of the scandal.

Only Pouncey remains with the Dolphins. Martin played briefly with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2015. He has since talked about battling depression and claims to have attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

The Dolphins have not commented on the matter.

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Jaguars DE says he’s sure Bills heard slurs by ex-Miami Dolphins G Richie Incognito

Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito (64), a former Dolphin, warms up with center Eric Wood before a game against the Dolphins in Miami Gardens last month. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said Bills guard Richie Incognito used racial slurs during their playoff game Sunday and he’s certain other members of the Bills heard them.

Ngakoue spoke to reporters in Jacksonville during Monday’s locker-room availability but didn’t go into great detail, according to Jacksonville’s WTLV-TV.

“(Incognito) said what he said yesterday, and like I said before, we had a great team win yesterday and I said what I needed to say yesterday,” Ngakoue said.


Ngakoue said he didn’t recall the N-word being used and was unsure if any of teammates heard the comments, but he was “sure” some Bills players did.

Ngakoue said he didn’t make a scene during the game.

“I couldn’t,” Ngakoue said. “I couldn’t confront him. I had to focus on the game, I had to focus on winning.”

The NFL confirmed Monday that it plans to investigate the charge.

Ngakoue triggered the latest controversy surrounding Incognito late Sunday by tweeting that Incognito had used “weak racist slurs” during the Jaguars’ 10-3 victory.

Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins, who plays right next to Incognito and like Ngakoue is African-American, wrote that if the slurs had been uttered, he would know and would not be afraid to stand up to Incognito.

WTLV reported that three other defensive linemen on the Jaguars said they didn’t hear the alleged comments. Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, formerly of the Bills, said he was unaware there was an incident.

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Dolphins reunited: Richie Incognito, Cameron Wake back together in Pro Bowl

Former Dolphin Richie Incognito will play in his third Pro Bowl today. (Getty Images)
Former Dolphin Richie Incognito will play in his third Pro Bowl today. (Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA—It’s been an interesting run for Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito, who has gone from one of the most controversial players in the NFL during the end of his time with the Dolphins to celebrated as a leader in Buffalo.
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Dolphins-Bills fight: Richie Incognito throws Andre Branch’s helmet

Richie Incognito seemed to enjoy being back in South Florida. (Getty Images)
Richie Incognito seemed to enjoy being back in South Florida. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—There’s always a good chance of Dolphins’ divisional games getting ugly, and the Miami-Buffalo matchup took a bad turn in the final minutes.

There was a scuffle at the goal line after Reggie Bush’s touchdown in the Dolphins’ 28-25 win this afternoon with several players from both sides involved. Miami defensive end Andre Branch and Bills guard Richie Incognito, a former Dolphin, were at the center of it.

The kerfuffle ended with Incognito throwing Branch’s helmet to the 25-yard line.
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Rex Ryan sends out five ex-Dolphins as Bills captains

Former Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito is a Bills captain for today's game in Miami. (Getty Images)
Former Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito is a Bills captain for today’s game in Miami. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS–Rex Ryan loves payback, and one of his favorite methods is picking team captains based on which of his players used to play for the opponent.

For this afternoon’s game against Miami, Ryan chose five ex-Dolphins as his captains:
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Buffalo Bills’ Richie Incognito: ‘I have nothing to say’ to Jonathan Martin’

Richie Incognito says he loves playing for Bills coach Rex Ryan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Richie Incognito says he loves playing for Bills coach Rex Ryan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jonathan Martin has tried to contact Richie Incognito following the Bullygate scandal.

Richie Incognito has nothing to say to him.

Incognito revealed that Wednesday in his first extensive interview with the South Florida media since the scandal blew up in Davie three years ago, triggering a mainstream media frenzy and leading to the exit of both offensive linemen from the Dolphins.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made it clear from the outset that he blamed Incognito for the incident, so it’s no surprise that Incognito said he never spoke to Ross about what happened. Incognito said he was in contact with then-coach Joe Philbin “routinely” during his suspension from the team.

Incognito returns to South Florida on Sunday as a Pro Bowl guard for the Buffalo Bills but vividly remembers the ugliness of 2013.

“It was nuts, man,” Incognito said. “It got turned upside down. You guys (reporters) had a front-row seat to the circus. … The whole incident went down. I’m a pariah in the national media and basically turned radioactive there for a few months.”

Martin had accused Incognito of bullying him, a charge essentially supported when an NFL-commissioned report from Ted Wells eventually was published.

That’s not the version Incognito remembers.

“Jonathan and I were close friends,” Incognito said. “I cared about him. If anybody was there for Jonathan it was me. And Jonathan had his troubles. He had his demons, like we all do. He left for whatever reason and he handled it the way he did and then really the story kind of takes on a life of its own. And there’s the narrative that Jonathan Martin and his camp wants you to believe and then there’s, you know, what me, what Mike Pouncey, what John Jerry, what Jim Turner, what Joe Philbin — what we know what happened.

“I could sleep good at night knowing what happened and what my actions were. I’m not saying I was a saint but I sleep well at night knowing what I did.”

As for Martin, who is no longer in the league?

“Zero conversation with Jonathan Martin,” Incognito said. “He’s reached out and tried to speak a few times, but I have nothing to say.”

Incognito, 33, was out of the game for the 2014 season before the Bills took a flier on him and were rewarded with a Pro Bowl performance last year.

“He has been unbelievable here,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “He’s a leader here. Every teammate respects him, and he’s earned that right. People in our community look up to Richie. Everybody loves him. I can’t speak to what happened in the past, but I can tell you what he’s doing right now. He’s been outstanding on the football field, in the classroom and in our community.”

The way the Bills speak about Incognito is not unlike the way the Dolphins did even in the immediate aftermath of Bullygate. The week Incognito was suspended from the team, Dolphins players came out in staunch support of the type of teammate Incognito had been. None supported Martin.

“You don’t really know how people really feel about you until something goes down like that,” Incognito said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect in guys in that locker room like Mike Pouncey, Ryan Tannehill, Koa Misi, Reshad Jones, Cam Wake and all of those guys, to a man, not only 1. Tell the truth; and 2. Speak so highly of me, it made me very proud.

“I was proud to have been associated with them, to be out on the field and played with them, and that was a cool and a special moment for me, because during that whole time, it was so crazy and there was so much stuff being said, and to hear my guys say that and stick up for me, it was really special to me.”

The time out of the game was a rocky one for Incognito. One lowlight came when he infamously beat his Ferrari with a baseball bat in frustration.

“I got rid of the black Ferrari and I got myself a nice Rolls-Royce Wraith,” Incognito said of his current car, with an MSRP of about $304,350.

Trading in cars, it turns out, was simpler than sorting out the ultimate meaning in the ugliest chapter in Miami Dolphins history.

“I don’t know,” Incognito said. “I think I’m still searching for the lesson in all of it. Everything went down the way it did and I think there was what happened in the media and then there was actually what happened. And only me, Jonathan Martin and the guys in that locker room know exactly what happened and that’s it. So as far as a lesson, I think it’s tough.”

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Incognito would be welcomed in locker room (but it’ll never, ever happen)

Richie Incognito says he loves playing for Bills coach Rex Ryan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Richie Incognito says he loves playing for Bills coach Rex Ryan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

This little item is on something that will never happen.

Might as well get that out of the way before delving into the negotiations in Western New York between the Buffalo Bills and guard Richie Incognito, the former Dolphin.

A year ago, the Bills signed Incognito, who took what might have been the final chance to resurrect his NFL career and parlayed it into a Pro Bowl season. Both then and a month ago, both sides were still enjoying their honeymoon.

Now, the Bills reportedly think their faith warrants a discount in efforts to re-sign Incognito.

He thinks a Pro Bowl season deserves Pro Bowl pay.

The Bills are said to be miffed that Incognito isn’t jumping at their offer when perhaps they should be asking themselves why they didn’t just sign him to a two-year deal to begin with, since they could have cut him at any point if he didn’t behave.

At the Pro Bowl, Incognito said on Buffalo’s John Murphy Show, “My goal is to come back and play in Buffalo. I love it there. I love my teammates and I love playing for Coach Rex and Greg Roman.”

Maybe the sides will reach a compromise, but if they don’t, and if there could possibly be any Dolphins fans thinking the unthinkable, stop.

Yes, the Dolphins are desperate for guard help and Incognito may be a man without a team, but the chances of him ever again playing for a team owned by Stephen Ross are approximately 0.0, if not lower.

Remember, Ross immediately pointed a finger at Incognito during the bullying scandal and as recently as a couple of weeks ago accused Incognito of racism toward Jonathan Martin. Racism is a hot-button issue with Ross, who launched the RISE initiative to combat hatred.

It’s also impossible to picture the Dolphins creating an even more challenging situation for new coach Adam Gase, who at 37 is the youngest head coach in the league and just four years older than Incognito.

The ironic part: There can be no doubt that Incognito would be welcomed in the locker room.

Just remember what the Dolphins, including some still on the team, said about Incognito during the controversy:

DT Randy Starks (ex-Dolphin, who is African-American): “We’re just trying to clear Richie’s name. He’s had a bad rep. He’s a good guy. Never a problem. He’s not a racist.”

DE Derrick Shelby (also African-American, on whether Incognito used racial slurs at a teammate): “Richie’s not that type of guy. Richie’s a guy, if you had to get a guy to get your back, I’d pick Richie. Richie’d be first for a couple of guys. I don’t think what people are saying about him is true.”

QB Ryan Tannehill: “If you asked Jonathan Martin before this week who his best friend on the team was, he’d have said Richie Incognito.”