New England Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser advised WBZ-TV in Boston on Monday evening that he’s eradicating a tattoo on his arm related to “The Three Percenters” — a right-wing militia group — as a result of it does not symbolize who he’s.
The 23-year-old Rohrwasser stated he was 18 when he acquired the tattoo.
“As quickly as I noticed what it was linked to on Saturday, it was precisely that point I knew I needed to get it completely taken off my physique. I stated cowl it up [to reporters], however I need to get it faraway from my physique. It is shameful that I had it on there ignorantly,” he stated.
Rohrwasser, who was selected in the NFL draft’s fifth round on Saturday (No. 159 overall), told Patriots reporters that day he thought the tattoo stood for supporting the military, and he “should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body.”
In the television interview on Monday, he added: “It was described to me as the share of colonists that rose up in opposition to the [authoritarian] authorities of the British. I used to be like, ‘Wow, that’s such an American sentiment. A patriotic sentiment.’ Coming from a navy household, I believed that basically spoke to me. I at all times was proud to be an American. I am very proud to be an American.”
On its web site, the Three Percenters group says it is not an anti-government militia however “we are going to defend ourselves when mandatory.”
Rohrwasser, who’s from Clifton Park, New York, started his faculty profession on the College of Rhode Island (2015-16) earlier than transferring to Marshall College. He was named Convention USA Particular Groups Participant of the Yr in 2019 after changing 18 of 21 subject objectives with a protracted of 53 yards, whereas going 35-of-36 on further factors.
Requested by WBZ-TV lead sports activities reporter Steve Burton on Monday if the tattoo was a problem at Marshall, Rohrwasser stated, “No, by no means. The primary time I discovered what it was linked to was on Saturday. That is why it was so shocking. …
“We have been celebrating and hugging [on Saturday]. So completely happy. I went on to Twitter. I noticed that somebody had taken an image of me and put it with my tattoo and linking me to some horrific occasions. Clearly Charlottesville, and these horrible issues.”
Rohrwasser appeared to change into emotional within the interview.
“I am sorry for all my [friends] and household that need to defend me. Placing them in that compromising place is likely one of the largest regrets I am going to ever have. To them, I am sorry,” he stated. “I will be taught from this. I will take possession of it. This isn’t who I’m. It doesn’t matter what, that is not who I’m. Hopefully, you’ll all discover that out.”
The Patriots had Rohrwasser as their top-rated kicker, making him the primary participant on the place chosen on this yr’s draft. The group has a emptiness after releasing its all-time main scorer, Stephen Gostkowski, in March.