A high-profile NFL draftee has been forced to deny a tattoo on his left arm is the symbol for a fringe far-right militia group after eagle-eyed fans noticed the ink over the weekend.
When the New England Patriots drafted Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, there was a controversy over one of his tattoos and speculation it meant he supported a far-right militia group, the Three Percenters.
When he was asked to explain his tattoo, he said he thought it was for military support and he will cover it.
I thought it stood for a military support symbol at the time,” Rohrwasser said.
On conference call, Patriots K Justin Rohrwasser was asked about specific tattoo: "I thought it stood for a military support symbol at the time. ... It evolved into something I do not want to represent."— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) April 25, 2020
Added he has a lot of family in the military and said it will be covered.
“It evolved into something I do not want to represent.
“It will be covered.”
The 23-year-old has other tattoos, reading ‘Liberty or death’ and ‘Don’t tread on me’, as well as another tattoo celebrating the Dave Matthews Band.
In a 2019 interview, Rohrwasser said all his tattoos were ‘random’.
The ‘Three Percenters’ have been described as an anti-government extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre and the Anti-Defamation League, two organisations who track extremist far-right groups.
Members of the Three Percenters have publicly denied they are a white supremacist group, and have also denied the group can be labelled a militia.
NFL rocked by tragic death of Dak Prescott's brother
Jace Prescott, an older brother of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, has died at age 31.
The cause of his death was not disclosed.
“It is with great sadness and support that we share the news of the passing of Jace Prescott today,” the Cowboys said in an official statement.
“The loss of Tad and Dak’s brother is devastating.
“At this incredibly difficult time, the Prescott family asks only for prayers and respect for their privacy.”
Jace Prescott was perhaps best known for joining Dak, 26, and oldest brother Tad in a commercial for Campbell's Chunky Soup.
Dak Prescott has Jace's initials tattooed on his right arm and Tad's initials on his left.
Their mother, Peggy Prescott, died of colon cancer in 2013.
Jace Prescott died Thursday morning, according to Jason Pugh, assistant athletic director of media relations at Northwestern State in Louisiana, per USA Today.
Jace Prescott played on the team's offensive line from 2008-10.
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