Judge him. Call him a thug. Wrap him up and put a stereotypical bow on him.
Marc Sonnen experiences it each time he walks onto the court. His Northern Iowa basketball jersey masks his torso, but the tank top reveals his inked-up shoulders and biceps.
The jeers haven’t changed in four years. “Eminem!” “Trailer trash!”
Perhaps the only difference is how the taunts are administered. Today, they often come on Twitter, where one user recently wrote, “Marc Sonnen has too many tattoos for being white.”
Even in his home of St. Paul, Minn., he can’t escape the judgment.
Sonnen’s story goes well beyond the ink on his body, as this interactive Gazette feature demonstrates.
How do you react to people with numerous tattoos? Do you think they’re judged more positively or negatively in modern society?