Is The Latest Draft Signing of New England Patriots a Far-Right Militia Supporter?

Published 04/25/2020, 9:59 PM EDT


The New England Patriots used the 159th pick in the 5th round to draft Justin Rohrwasser. The Marshall University prospect is a placekicker who will have big shoes to fill at the Massachusetts based team. Also, he is the 2020 NFL draft’s highest-drafted placekicker. He replaces the Patriots’ all-time leading in Stephen Gostkowski who was released last month. Unfortunately, the youngster made the news for a completely different reason. 

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New England Patriots draft pick sports a controversial tattoo

Social media images showed a tattoo on his arm which caught the attention of many people. It is a ‘III’ which represents the logo of the “Three Percenters.” They are a far-right military group that advocates. A CBS Boston report quotes the group’s website where they claim to be “standing against and exposing corruption and injustice.”

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However, many consider them as extremists.

Rohrwasser went on to dismiss the tattoo in a conference call with reporters. He reasoned out that initially, he assumed it stood for military support. 

“I got the tattoo when I was a teenager. I have a lot of family in the military and I thought it stood for a military support symbol at the time. And obviously, it evolved into something that I do not want to represent.”

Rohrwasser’s misadventure will serve as a deterrent to anyone who wishes to tattoo themselves. They will surely do some research on the same. The Patriots kicker certainly wishes he did so before. He added that he will cover it in the future. 

“And when I look back on it, I should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body. It’s not something that I ever want to represent. It will be covered.”

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Rohrwasser started his collegiate career at Rhode Island. Later he switched the Marshall and had a stellar 2019 season where he made 85.7% kicks. He has also hit 118 career PAT’s out of 123 attempted. 

The new placekicker will have his work cut out in replacing a franchise great as well as justifying his pick over options such as Rodrigo Blankenship and Tyler Bass. 

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Read: “They think they are better off Tom Brady”- Former NFL Coach signals at Patriots future

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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