Jay Bothroyd: Anger as Premier League star shows off "gangsta" tattoo

Footballer sparks fury after bragging online about his tattoo that spells out 'LOVE'… using images of guns and a GRENADE

By
Abigail Frymann

PUBLISHED:

08:59 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Premier League footballer Jay Bothroyd has been criticised for posting online a photograph of his new tattoo that shows four weapons.

The 30-year-old QPR striker had a flick-knife inked on his torso, along with a hand grenade, a pistol and a machine gun.

Bothroyd posted the picture on his Instagram account with the message: 'My new tatt!!!'

Sideshow: Jay Bothroyd posted a photo of his new tattoo on the photo-sharing website Instagram. He has since deleted it

Sideshow: Jay Bothroyd posted a photo of his new tattoo on the photo-sharing website Instagram. He has since deleted it

He claimed the tattoos are artistic because they spell out the word L-O-V-E.

Bothroyd, who previously dated model and presenter Lisa Snowdon, told The Sun: 'The meaning is you have to fight for love. It reads ‘Love’ if some people can’t see. More than anything it’s artistic.'

Some fans disagreed. One responded: 'Int [sic] there enough knifes in London'. Another wrote: 'You’re a footballer not a gangster.' A third posted: 'What an absolute t*t you are.'


Spelling it out: Bothroyd said the design was artistic because it spells out L-O-V-E but campaigners said it was outrageous

Spelling it out: Bothroyd said the design was artistic because it spells out L-O-V-E but campaigners said it was outrageous

Meaning: the QPR striker said the tattoo signified that love has to be fought for

Meaning: the QPR striker said the tattoo signified that love has to be fought for. More than anything, it's artistic, he said

Shame: Richard Taylor, father of murdered 10-year-old Damilola (pictured), said Bothroyd was supposed to be a role model to young people and should be ashamed of his actions

Shame: Richard Taylor, father of murdered Damilola (pictured), said Bothroyd should be ashamed of his actions

Anti-violence campaigners also criticised the star. Richard Taylor, 64, father of Damilola, ten, who was stabbed to death by youths 13 years ago in Peckham, south London said: 'This tattoo is outrageous and an insult to victims’ families.'

He told The Sun: 'Jay Bothroyd is supposed to be a role model to young people, but he should be ashamed of his actions. He must immediately apologise for the offence caused.'

Charge: Singer Rita Ora was accused of promoting gun culture this week after posting this picture of herself holding a golden pistol

Charge: Singer Rita Ora was accused of promoting gun culture this week after posting this picture of herself holding a golden pistol

Earlier this week pop icon Rita Ora was accused of promoting gun culture after posting a picture of her posing with a pistol on Instagram.

The photo shows the 'RIP' singer holding a gold handgun alongside R&B star Cassie and singer and actress Adrienne Bailon. She assured fans the gun was a fake after she was criticised for glamourising gun crime.

Bothroyd deleted the photo from Instagram yesterday evening after The Sun contacted his club. His agent Sky Andrew did not comment.