As a Sunday rolls around once again, the fallout continues for Justin Rohrwasser. Just over a week ago, the 23-year-old kicker from Marshall University was celebrating getting picked by the NFL’s New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 2020 draft. Almost as soon as the Zoom livestream disconnected, though, progressives descended like vultures on what they claimed was an “extremist” tattoo on the player’s left arm.
I wonder why (not really) ESPN failed to mention that Patriot draft pick Justin Rohrwasser has 3 percenter tattoo prominently displayed on his forearm. Don't you think it is relevant to fans & players to know if their new teammate is a member of white supremacist militia? pic.twitter.com/v7jN0w9uLP
— Great House (@xspotsdamark) April 25, 2020
To quell the onslaught, Rohrwasser spoke at a press conference about the reason for the tattoo last Saturday, according to ESPN.
“I got that tattoo when I was a teenager and I have a lot of family in the military. I thought it stood for a military-support symbol at the time,” Rohrwasser said during an introductory conference call with reporters. “Obviously, it’s evolved into something that I do not want to represent. 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, and it’s not something I ever want to represent. It will be covered.”
But that wasn’t enough for left-wing extremists.
New @Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser now says he's going to cover his extremist tattoo.
In 2017, the FBI arrested a “Three Percenter” follower who had plans to detonate a car bomb at an Oklahoma bank.
Tattoo covered up or not, should players feel safe playing alongside him? pic.twitter.com/WiIL1xnpCL
— Kristen Clarke 866-OUR-VOTE (@KristenClarkeJD) April 27, 2020
Clarke wrote: “New @Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser now says he’s going to cover his extremist tattoo. In 2017, the FBI arrested a “Three Percenter” follower who had plans to detonate a car bomb at an Oklahoma bank. Tattoo covered up or not, should players feel safe playing alongside him?”
The tweet was among the din of other, national voices condemning Rohrwasser — which included former ESPN commentator Jemele Hill, who now writes for progressive rag, The Atlantic. Forbes wrote that Hill took to Twitter, “calling Rohrwasser a ‘white supremacist,’ before sarcastically writing he just “likes white supremacist things.'” The publication added that Mike Freeman, a columnist for ESPN-owned digital platform, Bleacher Report, echoed the epithet “white supremacist.”
But let’s take a step back. What’s significant about the Kristen Clarke tweet? According to her Twitter profile bio, she’s the president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL). In a 2013 piece for the Capital Research Center think tank, Kevin Mooney described LCCRUL as “just another left-wing pressure group trying to gain special privileges for its favored constituencies, even if that means undermining the voting rights of Americans of every race.” Mooney goes on to explain that the group counts “Project Vote, Demos, Common Cause, the Advancement Project, and other far-left groups in an effort to scuttle ballot integrity efforts” as allies. In plain language, they work to block Voter ID laws nationwide — laws which most Americans support.
Now, in a new Boston Globe article, former college-level coaches and teammates of Rohrwasser are standing by the man that one Marshall coach knew as someone who “made no secret of his conservative political beliefs and often wore the red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat of Trump supporters.” Jim Fleming, the coach at his former school, the University of Rhode Island was quoted as saying: “I thought he was an intelligent, well-spoken, good dude. Kids liked him. He wasn’t a normal introverted kicker. He had some personality to him.”
Marshall long snapper Matt Beardall bolstered the coaches’ impressions:
“He’s not an extremist like everyone is calling him to be, and it’s really sad that some people who don’t know him are calling him names and making judgments,” Beardall told the Globe.
His high school coach, John Barbar, told the Globe’s Ben Volin, “He just broke down crying in the car. My first reaction was, ‘Where are you? I’ll come get you.’ He said, ‘No, I’m fine, I’m driving home.’”
In today’s @BGlobeSports: Diving deep on the Patriots’ new kicker and his tattoo.
Who Justin Rohrwasser is, how the Patriots found him, what his ex-teammates and coaches have to say, and who the Three Percenters are: https://t.co/DtGmNpItAu
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 3, 2020
After the uproar, Rohrwasser said last Monday that he will now remove the Three Percenters tattoo, Forbes reported.
It reminds me of what the Left tried to do to Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann in their efforts to advance their twisted, racial justice agenda. Remember, conservatives: the Left will never stop. Any apology or sign that you’ll give in to their demands only allows these neo-Marxists to continue to make further demands. It’s playing right into their trap.
Watch some of Rohrwasser’s stellar kicks here, courtesy of Boston Sports Geek: