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Ex-NFL Player Jonathan Martin Pleads Not Guilty Over Instagram Threats

Former Miami Dolphins Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin on Tuesday pleaded not guilty before a Southern Carolina courtroom in connection to the gun and threat he posted on his Instagram which shut down Harvard Westlake High School campuses.

The 28-year-old was charged with four felony counts of making criminal threats and for carrying a loaded gun in public, which is a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could spend six years in jail.

According to Meghan Aguilar, the LA Police Department spokesperson, Martin was temporarily freed from custody after he posted the $210,000 bail. The preliminary hearing was scheduled on April 25.

On Feb. 23, Martin posted on his Instagram a photo of a shotgun and shells. He tagged four people and he wrote, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide or revenge.” He also added the hashtags #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins.

As a result, Harvard Westlake High School campuses were closed due to the threats. Martin used to go to the same school before he went on to play for Standford.

Two of the people, James Dunleavy and Durall Taylor were his classmates in Westlake while Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey were his former teammates in the Dolphins. Pouncey, regarded as one of the top centers of the NFL, just signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Incognito, the Buffalo Bills guard has been accused of being a racist several times. Just this January,  Yannick Ngakoue of the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed that Incognito tried to play mind games with him. “Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league,” he wrote, before adding, “#Iaintjonathanmartin!”