BOSTON (CBS) – An emotional New England Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser told WBZ-TV he’s going to have a controversial tattoo linked to a right-wing militia group removed.

Shortly after the Patriots drafted Rohrwasser Saturday with the 159th overall pick, photos circulated online showing a tattoo on his arm with the logo of the “Three Percenters,” an anti-government group.

Rohrwasser, who is 23, said he got the tattoo when he was 18, thinking it stood for support of the military. He told reporters he would cover it up.

But in an interview with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton Monday night, Rohrwasser said he didn’t know the real meaning of the tattoo until he was drafted and started seeing the criticism on social media. He now plans on getting it removed.

“I went on to Twitter and I saw the tweet. I saw that someone had taken a picture of me and put it with my tattoo and linking me to some horrific events, you know, obviously Charlottesville and these horrible things.”

Rohrwasser said none of this came up when he kicked for Marshall last season.

“Never. The first time I found out what it was linked to was on Saturday. That’s why it was so surprising,” he told Burton.

Rohrwasser said when he got the tattoo five years ago, “it was described to me as, you know, the percentage of colonists that rose up against the authoritarian government of the British. And I was like, wow, that’s such a you know, an American sentiment, patriotic sentiment and coming from a military family, I thought that really spoke to me. I always was proud to be an American. I’m very proud.”

After saying Saturday he would cover up the tattoo, Rohrwasser told Burton he’s going to take it another step further.

“As soon as I saw what it was linked to on Saturday, it was exactly that time I knew I had to get it totally taken off my body. I said cover it up [to reporters], but I want to get it removed from my body. It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly,” Rohrwasser said, getting emotional.

“I’m sorry for all my family that have to defend me. Putting them in that compromising position is one of the biggest regrets I’ll ever have, so to them, I’m sorry. I’m going to learn from this.”

“No matter what, it’s not who I am, hopefully you’ll all find that out,” he said.

Comments (119)
  1. Linda Iorio says:

    At the start of the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry said in and important speech “Give me liberty or give me death!” and Virginia sent troops into the ward!

    1. George_Orwell says:

      I prefer my version: “Give me liberty or I’ll kill you”.

  2. Rl Huds says:

    He rolled over like a biotch.

  3. Jose Grunt says:

    PATRIOTS? III %er? What’s the issue? That could be the Patriot’s logo!

  4. Looks like he does everything ignorantly. Like a little poodle doing tricks on command. Get a tattoo pookie, take it off pookie…

  5. Gene Tillock says:

    When bernme was campaingning i went to a half dozen of his events and met him personally and even met commies peddling trash newspapers, anarchists by their own admission taking names, so called social democrats one even showing off his biceps initiating a fight, then saw 👀 attempts to start 3 different commie cells (at three places I frequent) ala the rosenbergs, and you know what they the rosenbergs did in the 1930s turned into millions of corpses in the 1950s and 60s, (eisenhowers words, head of joint thiefs- not my characterization, fyi twice president, liberated camps for you to pull this) so who cares. So you wont take care of the beam in your own 4 eyes, but want to forcefully constantly irrationally and lawlessly take out ( for moaneys sreak mamamia) this one poor speck in anothers. Your heartless histories swill fallow you yet oink 🐖

    1. Monty says:

      Gene I ran what you said through google translate and they couldn’t even figure out what language you were speaking.

      1. Jamespw1 says:

        That’s the funniest post I’ve seen in a while!

  6. Bobby Sargent says:

    What a pathetic loser. Hope he gets cut.

    1. Wickedasitseems! says:

      Pathetic loser? Look in the mirror!

      1. Uppity White Man says:

        Perhaps, you should look at yours. If you do have the decency to be ashamed.

  7. Bobby Sargent says:

    It is so reassuring to see that Steve Burton is the judge of all white people and clears them of racism after he talks to them. Go pound sand Steve, and stop being so racist.

  8. jack says:

    From the Three Percenters Websight:

    WHAT IS THE THREE PERCENTERS?
    ‘The Three Percenters – Original’ is a national organization made up of patriotic citizens who love their country, their freedoms, and their liberty. We are committed to standing against and exposing corruption and injustice.

    We are NOT a militia. However, we do have meetings on local levels. These meetings are to help members network together and to learn from each other. Being a Three Percenter is more of a way of life rather than a club to join. As such, there are no membership fees or dues and we will not charge people to participate in a movement that defends civil liberties. However, some events may be held at facilities that require admission. This can be paid individually, as a group, or through a legal means of fundraising. Operational costs (Website hosting, forum, domains, store, etc) are paid for privately by the National Leader with aid from proceeds from the online store. Mostly, we are an “open source community” meaning, we help each other and try not to rely on third parties or institutions that cost money for our operations. We consist exclusively of volunteers and no member at any level is on any payroll provided by our organization.

    We are NOT anti-government. In fact, we are very pro-government, so long as the government abides by the Constitution, doesn’t overstep its bounds, and remains “for the people and by the people”. Our goal is to utilize the failsafes put in place by our founders to rein in an overreaching government and push back against tyranny. We are working to preserve the intent of our government as designed. We do not intend to implement our own government. There is often a misconception that we are wanting to overthrow the government. This is simply not true and a false rumor to try and paint our movement as anti-government.

    We do not seek to incite a revolution. However, we will defend ourselves when necessary. We are not here to create violence. Violence should always be a last resort and even then should only be defensive in nature.

    Our National Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/threepercenters/

    HISTORY
    In the mid-1700’s, the British colonies of North America had many reasons to be disgruntled with the British Empire and the ruling class in England. Recognizing that things would get worse before they got better, many amongst the people banded together to push an ideology they all shared. This ideology identified and acknowledged that every person has from birth certain rights. These are not granted by any authority other than their Creator. The limitation or denial of these rights is defined as tyranny and oppression. These bands of people worked together to peacefully resolve the abuses of their government, but recognized that peace was not a guaranteed solution.

    Eventually, an idea was coined of having “Minutemen” available at a moment’s notice should the King’s tyranny show up in their town, on their streets, or at their door. These Minutemen would meet, train, and prepare to defend themselves, their family, and their townships from an ever encroaching empire. It is from these Minutemen where the 3% name originated. It is a rough estimate that only 3% of the colonists were actively fighting in the field against British forces at any given time. Today we recognize with this 3% in being that we will be the last defense to protect the citizens of the United States if there ever comes a day when our government takes up arms against the American people.

    3 PRINCIPLES OF THE THREE PERCENTERS
    All Three Percenters must abide by the following principles. Anyone who cannot accept these principles as a self-imposed discipline are not welcome in this organization, nor should ever consider themselves a part of the Three Percent movement.

    1. Moral Strength – Knowing what is right and wrong and acting accordingly. Being trustworthy, truthful, and holding high values and principles. Strength to stand up when something is morally wrong.

    2. Physical Readiness – Physical readiness is defined as the ability to meet the physical demands of any task in order to accomplish the objective at hand. There are some III%ers that have disabilities that prevent them from meeting physical demands and for these there is an exception.

    3. No First Use of Force – “Don’t fire unless fired upon”. We are not the aggressor nor antagonist. We are purely defensive and only as a last resort.

    OUR GOAL
    The goal and main focus of ‘The Three Percenters – Original’ is to get patriots to network, prepare, and petition together on a local level. We intend to provide a framework and guidance that ‘The People’ can use to make positive change in restoring the founding principles of our Constitutional Republic. We plan to leverage incorporated fail-safes and laws to ensure success in preserving the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Leadership roles in this organization were created to achieve this goal and to serve, not command, those they are appointed over.

    1. jack says:

      Thanks for the links Jack. Here’s one that you might be interested in http://www.whatonearthishappening.com Explains much deeper on the subject of what we really are.

  9. Don Stickles says:

    Look when got this tattoo he did so for honorable reasons. The fact that extreme groups have adopted the motto have no bearing on the reality at the moment. This nonsense political correctness has to stop. Or tattooing has to stop. You can’t judge a person’s expressions made years ago by today’s “standards” which are really screwed up.

    1. Uppity White Man says:

      What makes you think the 3%ers are extreme. Have ever seen their web site? Know anything about them? National Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/threepercenters/

  10. John says:

    The Zionist commie rats win again!! And, for money, another Patriot caves in.

  11. Louis Nutz says:

    What a pooozeeee

  12. Tom Jones says:

    What did Tampa Bay have to say about this?

  13. Brian says:

    It is NOT a racist Tattoo…. It is a patriotic tattoo….it only takes 3% of the population to keep those that wish to oppress American Citizens… Don’t give it up….

  14. JasonMick69 says:

    Typical American Male, when things heat up, they bend like rubber dolls.
    Brainwashed from birth to apologize to their horse faced wives, daughters, men, just apologize apologize.
    You only apologize for the things you effed up, but not for who you are or what you stand for.

    I have probably apologized a handful of times.
    But hey money talks. The Cretins here are used to “giving second chances”to everyone.}
    One apology and you had Michael Vicks back on the NFL

  15. Dammitt says:

    Before too long, all his kicks will go wide left.

  16. Gene Tillock says:

    How money nba or nfl players have offending tatoos as from being gang members who really murdered real people, wasnt ray lewis of faltimore phillies even involved in a real murder himself as others and few gave a hoot.
    Money people, money money people, can we infestigate any all of them sow. shouldnt we. Why nut.

  17. jcauldren says:

    He thought it was a pro-military tattoo. That why he got it – a show of his support for the military. There is a great way to find out what it really means, just ask a 3%er, right? No, he decided to ask social media what he should think. What a coward. Hasn’t learned anything from Trump presidency. You dont have to let the left define who and what you are. Dont have to let them define what you think. They lie. Stand up. Man up.

  18. Buster says:

    Nice cave-in wussy boy. Thank you for not serving in our military.

  19. David says:

    You do not remove a thing, you believe what you have. Fuc% the left wing As% Hol%

  20. vg909090 says:

    what a spineless person. If you believe in an idea, DEFEND IT, rather than give up on it and sell-out, b/c there is BS on the internet.
    He lost the patriots fan base…
    Not every damn thing is evil, we can all find fault with any idea.
    Look at ASPCA, it breaks my heart to see animals abused, but you can also say what are we doing saving dogs when there are 10,000 people a day dying from hunger.
    We are all self- righteous psychos, all of us.

  21. somedude says:

    Could you imagine being a fully grown American whit e man who actually watches football? It’s like having an old Hollywood guy spray his warm spit all over your face and you’re like “yes daddy Go Pats! Go Bucs! Go local billionaire team, go!” and the old Hollywood guy is like “Great, now give me all your money, little punk!”

    1. jcauldren says:

      hmm. You’ve never played the game, have you.

  22. Dwayne Ray says:

    This guy exemplifies the pussification of the American male. Anything pro-America gets labled as “right wing” by the moon-bat left. Or they throw out the race card. Whatever works to silent us non progressives. Stand your ground skippy. Or at least do some research before you cave.

  23. Dwayne Ray says:

    Patriotic tattoos bad…..gang tattoos ok

  24. Mike Price says:

    The government, or Corporate media (Same thing), need to produce a list of what is acceptable and what is not. Every few months I find out that something new is supposed to mean some horrible thing. The OK hand gesture is now verboten, a frog head, MAGA. and now this one. What will be the new one next month…My guess is if you don’t wear a face mask, your a racist of some ilk.

  25. jimmy not that jimmy says:

    I see. Shall we now interrogate all tats that exist in the NFL? I am very curious to learn what exists on black players’ skin.

  26. Will says:

    The 97% are fee to ban the 3% from social acceptance only because the 3% keep the 97% free. Sheep that hate their Sheppard, just dumb sheep. You can’t explain it to them either, they are willfully ignorant. “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” It’s ok, it has always been that way. The 3% will never go away.

    1. Joe S says:

      The 3% were important back when this country was a Republic. They were those who willingly believed it was their duty to put their lives in front of the 97% who were unable to defend themselves from the tyranny of the British Crown. Obviously this country is now a Democracy since you can now have social media thinking they can use peer pressure to shame a person into doing whatever they want him to do. In comparison, a “Republic” means every vote matters (think Plato’s “Republic”). Democracy is where the majority decides for the minority. Democracy was never intended by the Founding Fathers or else they would have put it in their Constitution (they didn’t). Some might say that, “We the People” is a democratic idea, but back in the days when the Constitution was written, “We the People” was believed that We, with our individual people’s ideas, “of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” They don’t say, “We the Collective…”. If you look back in history I’m sure you will find a Union, with their protection money they call “dues” lobbying like-minded Democrats in Congress for the right to do something, not altogether legal, because they have 10,000+ voters who demand something changed to something that benefits them over others. That’s Democracy. Democracy pushes the thought that some are more equal than others, are more important, are better. The South (where the Democrat Party started) had the 3/5th’s Rule, where a slave only had 3/5th of the rights of a civilian. Now, the Democrat Party has Delegates and Super-Delegates…pushing the same ideas…that some people are more equal than others, that their vote counts more than others. Republicans, i.e. representatives of the Republic, (think the Union Army who freed the slaves during the Civil War) believe(d) that the individual speaking for himself, according to our country’s Constitution, will (1) not have any of his Constitutionally granted rights taken away and (2) should not be outvoted because he doesn’t have enough people who want the same as him. Republicans believe 1 person is to be accommodated for his personal, unalienable rights to free speech, free press, freedom to choose and pray to whoever he wants, freedom to protect himself, freedom from living without the duress of occupying forces or governmental micromanagement, freedom from search and seizure, and all the other Amendments of the Constitution.

      Back when Justin first became an adult at 18 (history shows that people became “adults” when they acted like adults by showing responsibility, whether it was at 14 or 25, he decided he admired those 3% for their willingness to stand firm for the rights of others. Now he has given up those beliefs so he can be more democratic, giving up his beliefs under the peer pressure of those he entertains with his athleticism.

      I can’t fault a man for his beliefs, whether they change or if they are given up to accommodate the collective. All I can fault is someone without the strength of will to stand for what he believes regardless of what the collective want him to believe.

      As Gordon A. Eadie once said, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

      Many fall before they learn how to stand. I pray Justin learns how to stand as well.

      God Bless you all.

  27. orion700 says:

    What a (p)wussy. I guess multimillion dollar contracts made him weak or prevented him from ever finding stength. 3%’s are still statists to me. Thomas Jefferson lammented at the creation of the federal gov’t in his letters to John Adams. He saw that they created a monster, although Jefferson had always been opposed to the ratification of the constitution, which was seperate from the bill of rights, which was ratified later to counter the tyranies in the constitution. He found the constitution tyranical for creating this monstrosity of tyranny that the world suffers today. Hence the name of our show- ‘Patriots Lament’. We go farer than the 3%’s and we don’t appologize and cry like a little baby poser. To quote Murray Rothbard “Do you Hate the State?”

  28. Greg Olinger says:

    Get some ballz, This is just one of the reasons I do not watch the NFL anymore. When liberals take over your business they ruin it.

  29. Kim Masitti says:

    well, he was only 18 when he got it, didn’t really research it then, now he is 23, not much smarter. Hopefully he will look back when he is older and wiser and kick himself in the behind for not doing his homework and being the person behind the tattoo he had etched on his skin.

  30. Lucy Veccio says:

    its a tattoo, and who cares if someone disagrees with it. If they dont want to judge you strictly on your character, but instead want to label/judge you because of a tattoo “they” dont like, why would you care. Don’t cave in to the mob mentality

  31. Rich says:

    If I get this article correctly, the colonial patriots that rose up against the British were rightwing terrorists?

  32. atthemurph says:

    It isn’t an “anti-government” group.

    It is a group who stated goal is to uphold the Constitution. That would actually be a “Pro-Government” group, would it not?

  33. mtnman28709 says:

    Shame he has no integrity and bowed to political correctness. Of course, he’s playing for the world-renown cheaters – the Patriots and Belichick so honor and integrity aren’t requirements.

  34. Arti Doane says:

    As he said he’s proud to be an American. That in itself makes him a racist, and a white supremacist as far as the left is concerned. Remove the tattoo, if you kneel down to the mob this easily you would never have been part of the original 3% anyway.

  35. Jose Ortega says:

    HE’S A WHITE SUPREMACIST. FIRE HIM, AND BAN HIM FROM THE LEAGUE.

    1. Sink Jaxon says:

      Prove he’s a white supremist…what an idiotic statement.

  36. Frank De says:

    The fact that he’s removing it shows he doesn’t deserve to wear it. It’s not “controversial,” it’s not “racist.” Learn the history. He never would have stood up with our founding fathers to demand liberty. He would have bowed to the red coats.

  37. Sink Jaxon says:

    He has lost on both sides, first the ignorant leftists who think it’s a hate symbol, and now, those on the right who know how important the symbol is. Hd’s the same as a traitor.

  38. matismf says:

    Filthy tribe swill yet again! Where is the Zyklon B when the world so truly needs it???

  39. RNA Errors says:

    Jeez so sad. What a sad state of affairs in America when you even need to explain what the 3%’ers stand for.

    God helps us…

  40. Danny S. says:

    Very sad that the Gadsden flag (I think that’s what the tattoo is) or similar images and mottoes are now being called “racist”. They are nothing of the kind, regardless of who uses them. New Hampshire still has “Live Free or Die” as its official motto, and I hope they retain it. Rohrwasser should probably keep the tattoo, but that is up to him. I can understand that he doesn’t want to keep correcting people who make false assumptions about its meaning all the time.

  41. Bob Kraft says:

    He’s pure pu$$y. What a loser he is. Pats should cut him if he removes the III.

  42. Jay says:

    He’s a kicker, what did ya expect?

  43. Jeff Mason says:

    Why is it when a wacko group adopts an existing symbol as their own, sane people have to stop using it? Can you appreciate a rainbow and not be gay? Can you appreciate the sacrifice of Confederate soldiers and not be racist? Can you listen to Wagner’s music and not be a Nazi? Apparently not any more.

    1. JLW says:

      “Sacrifice” of Confederate soldiers? Everything they stood for is the epitome of treason.

  44. BRIAN A ELI says:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
    ― Samuel Adams

  45. Roddy Piper says:

    You see if it was a tattoo celebrating the Left this would not be a story.

  46. Marky says:

    Why doesn’t the left wing sports media call out black athletes that have a Moa, Che tattoos, oh yeah, they are all in the same party.

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