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Fugitive Jake Close Arrested After Opinion Piece On Washington Redskins Name Controversy

| by Khier Casino

A Bloomsburg University student who was wanted by authorities for jumping bail in a drug and DUI case in Ithaca, New York, was arrested on the Pennsylvania college campus after he posed for a newspaper photographer.

Jacob “Jake” Close, 25, offered the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise his photo and an opinion on the Washington Redskins name controversy.

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In a screenshot posted on journalist Jim Romenesko’s blog, Close tried to be witty and answered, "I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato.”

Unfortunately for Close, police still read newspapers and they spotted his photo, which led to his arrest. A campus cop, who noticed Close’s name and photo in the paper, seized the student on Sunday after staking out his blue Honda, Romenesko notes.

He should also probably be arrested for stealing the clever line from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which endorsed the potato mascot last year, according to the Huffington Post.

The Associated Press reports that Close is being held on $25,000 bail pending extradition to New York.

Sources: JimRomenesko.com, The Huffington Post, PennLive (The Associated Press)