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Fugitive arrested after giving newspaper opinion on Redskins

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

James Close was busted while giving his opinion on the Redskins nickname.
Jake Close was busted while giving his opinion on the Redskins nickname. (Via

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Somehow a liberal political blogger hired to defend the Redskins nickname resigning after just two weeks on the gig isn't the most odd story involving Washington's football team today. Instead the oddest story is about a fugitive who was arrested after giving his opinion on the team's nickname to a paper.

Jacob Close, a 25-year-old wanted for jumping bail, was spotted by authorities in the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise "Your Opinion" section offering up his thoughts on the Redskins nickname.

"I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato," Close said.


At least for a hot minute anyway. Not so funny after someone in the police department saw Close's picture along with his witty zinger (which is actually like 30 years old) because he was subsequently arrested and thrown back into jail.

Campus police were looking for Close after getting a heads up from Ithaca City police (Close was arrested there originally) and staked him out on campus after spotting him in the paper.

Close is now in Colombia County Prison on $25,000 bail awaiting extradition to New York.

Which is why it's always a good idea to not register for classes somewhere else after skipping bail in another state. And if you simply have to get that education, definitely don't do interviews with the local paper, no matter how hilarious your zinger might be.

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