NFL Wants to Screen Tattoos For Gang Ties

NFL Wants to Screen Tattoos For Gang Ties

Memphis Police can often identity gang members by their tattoos. The NFL may soon do the same thing.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Memphis Police can often identity gang members by their tattoos. The NFL may soon do the same thing. The NFL is considering changing its policy to examine prospects entering the league. This stems from the controversy surrounding former New England Patriot's tight end Aaron Hernandez. He's charged with first degree murder. Police are checking his tattoos for possible gang ties.

Mid-Southerners are in disbelief. Tattoos are obviously very popular among athletes. Mid-Southerners love the ink too. They say the NFL may be going a little too far.

"You can't judge because of the tattoos because you don't know the individual," said a Memphian Arkeen Jones.

When Jones heard about the NFL possibly probing new athletes for gang tattoos he was alarmed.

"It's crazy. They're always going to tighten up their rules some type of a way," he said. "People love to judge off of anything they can."

Local and federal law enforcement agencies formed the MGU or Multi Agency Gang Unit in 2012. They say certain tattoos help them track gang members. Jones' tattoos have a completely different meaning. He has a tattoo of his mother's name surrounded with angel wings and a halo to express how much he loves her. He has another tattoo with his uncle's name who passed away a few years ago. Jones also has another tattoo with a candle to show how many times his family couldn't afford to pay the electric bill and had to use candles for light.

Others like the fresh ink, Wes Bailey, have tattoos just because they like the look of them.

"I just really like the look of them. I like being able to show them off," said Bailey as he was getting a fresh tattoo.

But in no way do these guys believe having a tattoo means you're a bad guy.
   
"We like to express ourselves so tattoos is just another way to express ourselves," said Jones.

We checked the NBA's website for a specific policy on tattoos but there isn't one. The Grizzlies don't have a policy on them either. They say they may recommend a player to cover up a tattoo if it's obscene.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus