Manchester City star Raheem Sterling revealed a tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his leg while training with England this week and found it featured in the newspapers.
Following a recent surge in knife and gun crime across most of the UK, The Sun chose to put it on the front page in a move that has angered many of his supporters.
The player has since claimed that he got the “still unfinished” inking of the United States military weapon in tribute to his late father, adding “I shoot with my right foot” for further justification.
With the FA currently resisting calls to have him dropped from the England squad for the World Cup this summer, these are the best of the Raheem Sterling tattoo jokes:
I bet Sterling paid well over the odds for that tattoo the flash little wanker. Either that or he got it done on the cheap the tight bastard.
— GillesDPR (@gillesoffthenet) May 28, 2018
Raheem Sterling's gunn tattoo is unacceptable pic.twitter.com/wSl7hQgmd9
— Giant Brazilian Moths Fanatic (@JoeStephenson96) May 28, 2018
So what if Raheem Sterling has a tattoo of a gun? Wayne Rooney has a Stereophonics tattoo. I know which one I find more offensive.
— Steamed Dans (@Danny_McMoomins) May 29, 2018
If Jamie Vardy doesn’t lift Sterling’s right leg up and pretend to fire it after a goal at the World Cup, there’s no point in any of this
— Lee Wallace (@_lwallace) May 29, 2018
⚠️ | After the recent critisism, the club must condemn the acts of Raheem Sterling.
Sterling did, in fact, donate equipment to us to benefit children in the local area. However despite being on £200k a week, the tired love-rat idiot failed to pump all of the balls up. #SFC
— Sywell Football Club (@SywellFC) May 29, 2018
But Sterling’s dad did actually exist though.
— NilSatis (@meljones1967) May 29, 2018
Raheem Sterling in 2018. pic.twitter.com/SPpT0DIfZx
— Wedgeman Simon (@miniminter) May 29, 2018
Alex Hunter wasted his money on this house but you won’t hear anyone talk about it because his name isn’t Raheem Sterling pic.twitter.com/czQe5o0Wit
— KWELI (@JoseEsqueSZN) May 29, 2018
— Ed Gamble (@EdGambleComedy) May 29, 2018
I’ve seen more of Raheem Sterling’s leg today than my own family
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) May 29, 2018
Sterling shooting can be wayward so machine gun is an appropriate representation. A sniper rifle would have been taking the piss
— Paul M (@paul_m_14) May 29, 2018
Was minding my own business when my 18 month year old turned to me and said "Father, why does Sterling have an assault rifle tattooed on his leg? Does he have no empathy for the victims of gun crime in the America?". Couldn't bring myself to finish my avocado after that.
— Esteemed Kompany (@StevenMcinerney) May 29, 2018
SHOCKING SCENES –
As, "sterling legs" hit the streets . pic.twitter.com/c1xHi81DB0
— Buzza (@buzza9676) May 29, 2018
RAHEEM STERLING WALKING FREE WITH A TATTOO WHICH OBVIOUSLY MEANS HE PLANS TO SHOOT A WHITE MAN, WHILST SWEET TOMMY ROINSON LANGUISHES IN PRISON, AGAIN I ASK SWEET LORD, WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?
— Martin Matchroom (@MartinMatchroom) May 29, 2018
If people are offended by Raheem Sterling's tattoo, wait till they find out what this fella's name is: pic.twitter.com/v2FFJcaqGT
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) May 29, 2018
So disrespectful – England ‘star’ Raheem Sterling is pictured laughing and joking just hours after it was announced Morag from ‘Home & Away’ had died 😡 pic.twitter.com/606HedJsFP
— Fake Showbiz News (@FakeShowbizNews) May 29, 2018
Can’t believe Sterling is getting all this stick for getting a tattoo of his big pal Peter on his leg 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/S6j8LSx9Cu
— 55 is coming 🇬🇧 (@PenmanDeclan) May 29, 2018