BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser has removed his controversial “Three Percenters” tattoo that drew national headlines after he was selected in the NFL Draft, TMZ reported.
Shortly after the Patriots drafted Rohrwasser 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.READ MORE: 'It's Like An Assault.' Bar Made Famous By 'Perfect Storm' Asks For Return Of Stolen Photo Album
Rohrwasser, who is 23, said he got the tattoo when he was 18, thinking it stood for support of the military.READ MORE: 'A Tragic Case Of Domestic Violence.' Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide In Oxford
On Saturday, TMZ reported that the tattoo is now completely gone, adding that the kicker began the painful removal process almost immediately after the draft.
During an interview with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton in April, Rohrwasser explained that he planned to remove the tattoo.MORE NEWS: 'Amazing, Absolutely Amazing.' Former NFL Player Living In Provincetown Reacts To Carl Nassib's Coming Out
“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. “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.”