Jonathan Martin has not had an easy NFL career, to say the very least.
The offensive lineman is most memorable for being the victim in the Richie Incognito bullying scandal at the Miami Dolphins, where he left the team after rookie hazing failed to stop after becoming a second year player.
After leaving the Dolphins, Martin signed for the San Francisco 49ers and joined the Carolina Panthers in pre-season before retiring. Today, he detailed his battle with depression.
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The offensive tackle wrote a heartfelt message this morning on social media this morning, expressing the pain he felt from his high school days to his NFL career.
“Your job leads you to attempt to kill yourself multiple times,” he wrote
Martin's heart-felt message traces his unhappiness back to his childhood and teenage years, saying he was never "black enough" to hang out with other black kids, and wasn't accepted by the posh, white kids either.
The 25-year old went on to add that led to to drinking too much, smoking marijuana “constantly” and other destructive behavior, and clearly he wasn’t comfortable with the persona he created to tried to fit into the football culture.
After tearing an ACL, Martin decided he just didn't love football enough to carry on playing and putting such torture on his body, and finished by imploring people to end bullying in modern America.