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Jermaine Jones’ tattoo will have opponents seeing stars (and stripes)

Apr 23, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

Jermaine Jones has new ink, and it’s patriotic on a near-Jeremy Shockey level with a Paul Stanley twist.

The USMNT midfielder posted this shot to his Instagram account on Tuesday, proclaiming his new stars and stripes knee tattoo complete.

With Besiktas set to play Sivasspor on Sunday at Noon, who knows how Jones will protect that extra-sensitive area? Fortunately, it seems like it won’t be as prohibitive as the ‘large-scale back tattoo’ that was expected to — but didn’t — keep controversial American back John Anthony Brooks from Hertha Berlin’s lineup last week.

Some of the comments on Andy Edwards’ MLSSoccer.com post on the piece are pretty telling when it comes to Jones’ reputation; Fans are expecting this American ink to be headed for the bodies of many a World Cup foe. And given Jones’ penchant for clobbering opponents, is that reaction really that far off?

Also, if you don’t follow Jones on Twitter and are curious whether his children also represent hair to to the fullest…

 

  1. mkbryant3 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    That tattoo is the ultimate in cheese.

  2. mknow406a - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    There’s been a lot of talk about these dual nationals playing for the USMNT because they are not good enough to play elsewhere. I think the comment EJ made in the Gold Cup about his hair style said it all. He commented how a bunch of them, including Terrence Boyd, had done it. These dual national guys can walk into the USMNT program and feel accepted for who they are. (Boyd’s hoping just to get onto the 23 man roster, yet he’s remained close with his fellow USMNT players off the pitch and across and ocean… ‘mercenaries’ don’t take that much personal interest.) Take a look at the German roster… excluding 2 or 3 players (including Polish as a first language), the German national team is not a great example of diversity. If not stated overtly, these dual national guys are seen within Germany as not ‘true’ Germans (which is why several German/Turks, born, raised and trained in Germany, choose to play in/for Turkey.). Jones already owned a home in the US before he sought the FIFA transfer. Most of these players truly do identify themselves as American, unlike the Regis scenario. Green is another great example. He came into the first camp as a member of the German U-19 team. The interview with his father talked about how well accepted he felt by the USMNT. Love him or hate him, Jones plays for the USMNT because he feels, and rightfully so, that he is representing HIS country.

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