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Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; A New England Patriots helmet lays on the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

When the New England Patriots selected kicker Justin Rohrwasser in the 2020 NFL Draft, the rookie kicker was met by a wave of criticism for a controversial tattoo. After apologizing and vowing to get it removed, he finally followed through on his word.

Patriots’ rookie Justin Rohrwasser gets controversial tattoo removed

Justin Rohrwasser apologized shortly after the 2020 NFL Draft after fans discovered he had a ‘Three Percenters’ tattoo on his arm. Now, according to TMZ Sports, the fifth-round pick has had it removed.

At the time of his apology, the 23-year-old said he believed the tattoo was meant to honor the colonists who stood to fight the British. While he viewed it as a patriotic symbol at the time, many pointed to what the symbol now stands for today.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League both classify the Three Percenters as an anti-government, right-wing extremist group. Parts of the group have been tied to racist extremists, which caused the backlash against Rohrwasser.

Rohrwasser, who earned All-Conference USA honors in 2019 at Marshall University, reportedly began the process to remove it almost immediately. After several rounds of a painful process, per TMZ, the tattoo is now gone.

After being drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round, Rohrwasser is expected to be the team’s kicker this season.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick