Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser reportedly has had the tattoo on his arm associated with the antigovernment militia group the Three Percenters removed.
According to TMZ Sports, Rohrwasser, a rookie fifth-round selection, began the removal almost immediately after the NFL Draft. He described the process as “physically painful.”
“I’m going to take ownership of it,” Rohrwasser said after pictures of the tattoo surfaced. “This is not who I am. No matter what, that’s not who I am. Hopefully, you will all find that out.”
Rohrwasser told reporters after the draft he got the tattoo when he was teenager, thinking that it was a patriotic tribute to the military.
He said he first learned the significance of the symbol shortly after the draft, and once he discovered its meaning, he knew immediately that he wanted it gone.
“It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly,” he told WBZ-TV in April.