Raheem Sterling has explained the emotional reason behind his gun tattoo. Images emerged of the England and Manchester City star‘s new M16 assault rifle ink on his leg as he continues his preparations for the World Cup. Sterling’s tattoo was branded “disgusting” and “totally unacceptable” by anti-gun campaigners, suggesting it gives off the wrong impression to his fans.
Lucy Cope of Mothers Against Guns told the Sun:
“He’s supposed to be a role model but chooses to glamourise guns.”
But the 23-year-old has moved to explain the tattoo, insisting it relates to his late father, who was murdered. In 2017, Glover told the publication that he deems his music career ‘unnecessary,’ now that his acting career has taken off.
“When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time,” he posted on Instagram.
“I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning and still unfinished.”
Sterling had initially shared a picture of his new tattoo on Monday as England prepare for this weekend’s clash with Nigeria.