UPDATE: According to an ABC affiliate, Jonathan Martin has been taken into custody.
A former Miami Dolphins player has been taken into custody in connection to a social media post that prompted classes to be canceled at Harvard-Westlake School in Holmby Hills Friday.
The name of the athlete was not confirmed, but law enforcement told Eyewitness News that the person was taken into custody Friday morning.
Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin made a disturbing threat on social media that led to his old high school being shut down on Friday.
Martin, who played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers posted a photo of a gun, ammunition and a chilling quote while also tagging former teammates and Harvard-Westlake school.
“When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” Martin wrote.
Harvard-Westlake quickly responded with a statement, via KTLA:
Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name. 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.
A screenshot of the Instagram story was quickly captured and began circulating on social media.
During his time with the Dolphins, Martin sat out the 2013 season after what he said was a “pattern of harassment” from former teammates Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry and an assistant trainer. Martin was ultimately traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he played for one year before being waived. Martin was briefly claimed by the Carolina Panthers, but sat out the 2015 season due to a back injury which ultimately ended his playing career.
In the wake of the horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, mental health and gun violence have become highly-discussed topics in the news. Luckily people were paying attention to the warning signs with Martin and took any threat to others and himself seriously.
The photo Martin shared was a clear cry for help and we hope he gets the assistance he needs.