Justin Rohrwasser: Controversial tattoo will be covered

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Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser became a fifth-round pick of the Patriots on Saturday. His introductory teleconference included a subject that usually doesn’t come up during these types of sessions.

Rohrwasser has a tattoo on this left forearm that matches the logo of the Three Percenters, an American far-right militia movement and paramilitary group. Via Ryan Hannable of WEEI, Rohrwasser had said in the past that his tattoos are “random.” He had a different explanation after being selected by the Patriots.

“I got that tattoo when I was a teenager and I have a lot of family in the military,” Rohrwasser said, via a transcript provided by the team. “I thought it stood for a military support symbol at the time. Obviously, it’s evolved into something that I do not want to represent. When I look back on it, I should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body, and it’s not something I ever want to represent. It will be covered.”

It wasn’t covered previously, even though Rohrwasser apparently realized the true significance of the tattoo before being drafted. It also didn’t keep him from being drafted in round five, which is about as high as any kicker ever should be drafted, especially after the Roberto Aguayo round-two debacle from 2016.

But even though Rohrwasser was asked about the tattoo after being selected, the man who drafted Rohrwasser faced no such questions during his press conference regarding Saturday’s picks. Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t asked about the tattoo, and the Patriots have otherwise said nothing about it.

29 responses to “Justin Rohrwasser: Controversial tattoo will be covered

  1. What a whiney society we have become. Poor guy just got drafted and people want to harp about a tat.

  2. The guy said it was a mistake as a teen and now he’s getting it taken care of. Young people do stupid things. Nuff said.

  3. I think we live in a very cynical and divided country. As a raider fan, I want him to miss as many kicks as possible, whether it’s far right or far left!

  4. Is this for real? He’s gotta cover up that but the thousands of other offensive tats in the league are just fine?

  5. batterystreet says:
    April 27, 2020 at 11:08 am
    The guy said it was a mistake as a teen and now he’s getting it taken care of. Young people do stupid things. Nuff said

    @@@@@@@222

    He’s not that removed from “being a teen” not buying it.

  6. I didn’t know I was going to be drafted. Yeah, this tattoo doesn’t mean anything. I will just cover it up for a couple years.

  7. There’s a lot of tattoos in parlors that look cool and you may not realize what they mean especially as more and more people don’t read the news and are ignorant of history. He was a kid when he got it and he apologized for it and said he would cover it up and yet you have people like Jemele Hill calling him a white supremacist. Isn’t anyone allowed to just make a mistake anymore and we move on? Ridiculous.

  8. Random tats are really a thing? Hard to understand why making a permanent, random mistake is a good idea.

  9. edukator44 says:

    April 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

    i hope the knife cuts both ways and gang tattoos are going to be scrutinized too

    ***************

    Dont hold your breath.

  10. He also has a Dave Matthews Band tattoo, so it’s pretty clear he has a track record for bad decisions.

  11. If he truly is a racist, I think the locker room will take care of the situation. In case no one noticed, NFL locker rooms are pretty diverse.

  12. Controversial ? I havent heard a peep about this but now hes a patriot and here we go ! it’s a tattoo lots of ppl get dumb tattoos they wish they didnt get.

  13. Good line by the Raider fan above who doesn’t care if he misses far right or far left.

    Let’s hope he doesn’t have a tendency to slice far right.

  14. Hopefully, he’s a guy that respects his teammates and who teammates respect. He’ll have a tougher baptism than most.

    That said, I can see why Bill picked him. He’s an athlete, not just a kicker; he was very consistent from 40 yards out; he made kicks under pressure to win games; and, he kicked in inclement weather.

  15. It took almost 15 seconds of research to discover that the group represented by the tat is not as the media is advertising. Much ado about nothing.

  16. The group represented by the tat is EXACTLY what they say it is. White Nationalist – and they have connections to some other very nasty types. Some of them are in jail for a very long time.
    Benefit of the doubt for now, but if I were the Pats I’d do some real digging before giving him a contract.

  17. didn’t keep him from being drafted in round five, which is about as high as any kicker ever should be drafted
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    with all due respect mike (and I do respect you) how in the —- would you know where a kicker should be drafted?

  18. Did anybody do any research on what the Three Percenters are? Or are you just taking Mike Florio’s word that the far-right militia movement? Do y’all even know why they use the term Three Percenters? I didn’t until I looked it up.

    From wiki so take with a grain of salt. “While the group’s website states it is “not a militia” and “not anti-government”, Three Percenters believe that ordinary citizens must take a stand against perceived abuses by the U.S. federal government, which they characterize as overstepping its Constitutional limits.[1] Its stated goals include protecting the right to keep and bear arms, and to “push back against tyranny”.

    So if you believe in the Constitation, the right to bear arms, and stand against tyranny you are FAR RIGHT and an militia movement. Somebody above called it racist, this has nothing to do with race. But by calling them far right because they don’t have the same beliefs they can vilify them and most people just eat it up without asking questions.

  19. Thank you for this. I also looked it up and tried to post about it…but I was screened out I guess.

    txtuff says:
    April 28, 2020 at 1:58 am
    Did anybody do any research on what the Three Percenters are? Or are you just taking Mike Florio’s word that the far-right militia movement? Do y’all even know why they use the term Three Percenters? I didn’t until I looked it up.

    From wiki so take with a grain of salt. “While the group’s website states it is “not a militia” and “not anti-government”, Three Percenters believe that ordinary citizens must take a stand against perceived abuses by the U.S. federal government, which they characterize as overstepping its Constitutional limits.[1] Its stated goals include protecting the right to keep and bear arms, and to “push back against tyranny”.

    So if you believe in the Constitation, the right to bear arms, and stand against tyranny you are FAR RIGHT and an militia movement. Somebody above called it racist, this has nothing to do with race. But by calling them far right because they don’t have the same beliefs they can vilify them and most people just eat it up without asking questions.

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