Justin Rohrwasser has eliminated his controversial Three Percenters tattoo, according to TMZ.
“We’re informed the previous Marshall kicker started the elimination course of nearly instantly after the NFL Draft and described the method as bodily painful,” TMZ wrote.
Shortly after Rohrwasser was picked by the Patriots, Twitter customers seen a tattoo featured prominently on his left forearm. Three roman numerals surrounded by a circle of stars, it’s a logo related to the “Three Percenters.” The Anti-Defamation League calls the far-right group “a militia motion” and says the tattoo “has develop into highly regarded amongst anti-government extremists.”
Members of the Three Percenters offered armed safety for the 2017 white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, and a person who tried to explode an Oklahoma financial institution informed authorities he subscribed to the group’s ideology.
Rohrwasser referred to as the tattoo “a teenage mistake,” saying he didn’t know what the group was linked to, and expounded upon that in a TV interview with WBZ’s Steve Burton.
“We have been celebrating and hugging. So completely satisfied. I went on to Twitter. I noticed somebody posted an image of me and my tattoo and linking me to some horrific occasions, clearly Charlottesville, and these horrible issues,” he informed Burton. “The primary time I came upon what it was linked to was (draft day). That’s why it was so stunning.
“I acquired it after I was 18. It was described to me as the share of colonists that rose up towards the British. I assumed that was such an American sentiment, a Patriotic sentiment,” he mentioned. “Coming from a army household, that basically spoke to me. I all the time was proud to be an American. … As quickly as I noticed what it was linked to Saturday, I knew I needed to have it completely taken off of my physique. I said ‘covered up,’ but I want to get it removed from my body. It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly.”
Rohrwasser’s Marshall teammates defended him adamantly after the tattoo surfaced.
“He’s not a racist. Not even shut,” mentioned Koby Cumberlander, a Black teammate. “If you take a look at Justin, he was a dude that minded his personal enterprise. He was a simple particular person to speak to, a very nice man on and off the sphere. He by no means confirmed any racism towards anyone. It was loopy how individuals appeared to take a look at him who don’t actually know him as an individual. They’ve these preconceived notions.
“It’s very, very hurtful to see. For a very, actually good man to obtain that a lot hate was loopy,” Cumberlander mentioned. “I by no means wish to see that for anybody . I’ve recognized him for 2 years. You possibly can’t hate on a man who’s nothing however constructive power.”