MIAMI (AP) — Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin has posted on Facebook saying difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others.
Martin, who retired this year, says his problems date to childhood in California, and to being told his entire life he was not "black enough."
Martin made national headlines when he abruptly left the Miami Dolphins during the 2013 season amid reports he was bullied by teammates on the offensive line, including Richie Incognito.
In his post on Wednesday, Martin complained about the Dolphins' locker room situation. Trying to fit in, Martin says, he abused alcohol, used marijuana and created a persona.