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Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser explains controversial tattoo, plans to remove it

Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser explains controversial tattoo, plans to remove it

Justin Rohrwasser plans to go one step further to distance himself from a tattoo he got when he was 18.

The rookie kicker out of Marshall, whom the New England Patriots took in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, told WBZ's Steve Burton he plans to remove a tattoo on his left arm paying homage to a right-wing paramilitary group called the Three Percenters.

"As soon as I saw what it was linked to Saturday, I knew I had to have it totally taken off of my body," Rohrwasser told Burton. "I said ‘covered up,’ but I want to get to totally removed from my body. It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly."

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Fans noticed Rohrwasser's tattoo on social media after the Patriots drafted him and pointed out the Three Percenters had a connection to the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. that left one person dead.

Rohrwasser told Burton he had a different understanding of the group when he got the tattoo at age 18.

"I saw someone posted a picture of me and my tattoo and linking me to some horrific events, obviously Charlottesville, and these horrible things,” Rohrwasser said. “The first time I found out what it was linked to was Saturday. That’s why it was so surprising.

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"... (The tattoo) was described to me as the percentage of colonists that rose up against the British. I thought that was such an American sentiment, a Patriotic sentiment. Coming from a military family, that really spoke to me. I always was proud to be an American."

Rohrwasser, a New York native who played at the University of Rhode Island before transferring to Marshall, said he now feels horrible for "the friends and family that had to defend me."

"Putting them in that compromising position is one of the biggest regrets I’ll ever have," he said. "To them I’m sorry. I’m going to learn from this. That’s not who I am. Hopefully you’ll all find that out."

Rohrwasser is set to replace Stephen Gostkowski, who had been the Patriots' kicker since 2006 before landing on injured reserve last season and being released this March.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the now-Bucs QB to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFLPA have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.