Of all the increasingly cringe-worthy commentary about a possible change to the Washington Redskins name, the worst is the tired "keep the name, change the logo to a redskin potato!" joke. And at long last, thank heaven, somebody's gotten arrested for telling it.
All right, Jacob Close of Bloomsburg University wasn't arrested specifically for telling the "redskin potato" gag. But he got a wee bit too clever in the pages of the Pennsylvania college's student newspaper:
Guess what: police read the newspaper too. Campus police had been searching for Close for years in connection with a drug/DUI-related case. When they saw the photo, they staked out his car and nabbed him soon afterward.
Chalk this up to more collateral damage in the Washington team name debate. Not that an NFL team should reward criminality, but maybe Washington can kick a sack of potatoes Close's way. Regardless, we're guessing he may have changed his opinion on the wisdom of name changes.
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