The media orgy over the school shooting in Florida appears to have spilled over into reviving an old iSteve story in a troubled man. From ESPN:
2:49 PM PT Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media, according to reports. …
The image on the Instagram account said: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” The image showed a shotgun, ammunition and tagged four accounts, including those belonging to former Miami teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey. It also included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, where he went to high school, and the Miami Dolphins. …
Martin accused Incognito and Pouncey of bullying him when they were teammates in Miami, which resulted in an NFL investigation in 2013. …
It was written in the Wells report that Martin was harassed in middle school and high school, resulting in a lack of self-esteem and depression as a teenager. The Wells report also mentioned that Martin contemplated suicide on two occasions, in January and May of 2013.
“Martin claims that the depression he experienced in high school recurred as a result of mistreatment by his teammates on the Dolphins and that on two occasions in 2013 he even contemplated suicide.”
Martin hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. Weeks after retiring, Martin posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining that he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
Harvard-Westlake, an elite private school in Los Angeles, closed Friday morning in response to the post, but police told ESPN there was no direct threat to the school.
This is a sad but interesting story that I blogged about at length in 2013. Martin is a cultured upper middle class black kid (both of his parents went to Harvard U., as did his paternal grandfather and great-grandfather according to our always informative commenter Triumph104). Martin got channeled into football because he’s gigantic (6’5″ 315 pounds) and athletic even though he doesn’t much like football. Richie Incognito is a white guy covered in tattoos who was considered an “honorary black” in the Dolphins’ locker room because he’s tough and mean, including toward teammates who are letting down the team by not playing up to their physical potential, such as Martin.
I had a friend at Rice U., Larry, who was a giant black guy, the son of a couple of school principals. The Rice football coaches were always offering him a full scholarship if he’d come out for the team, but he’d tell them thank you, but his parents could afford Rice’s quite reasonable tuition and that football practice would take too much time away from his architectural studies.
Here, via Triumph104, is the 1981 New York Times wedding announcement for Martin’s parents.