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Terrible Redskins name-change joke results in arrest of fugitive

In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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:

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Bloomsburg student paper.

Bloomsburg student paper.

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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Jay Busbee is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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