A former NFL player is facing charges after he threatened his former high school and football teammates.
Van Nuys, CA – Former NFL player Jonathan Martin, whose chilling social media post prompted his alma mater high school to close down in February, surrendered himself to authorities inside a California courtroom on Tuesday.
Martin subsequently pleaded not guilty to four counts of making criminal threats, and one count of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, ESPN reported.
He was released from jail less than two hours later, according to TMZ.
Martin, 28, was taken into custody on Feb. 23, after he posted a photo of a shotgun with 18 shells scattered around it on Instagram.
“When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” he wrote.
He tagged the Miami Dolphins in the photo, as well as the elite Harvard-Westlake High School, where he graduated in 2008, the Miami Herald reported.
The school’s name was written along the weapon’s barrel, and the team’s name appeared along the gun’s stock.
Police said that Martin was also in possession of an ax, a shotgun, and a large knife when he was arrested, according to The Mercury News.
School officials responded by closing down their Studio City and Beverly Crest campuses for one day, and filing a workplace violence prevention restraining order against the former lineman on Mar. 1, ESPN reported.
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