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Fugitive caught after giving his opinion on the Redskins’ name

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We’re all entitled to express our opinions about the Washington Redskins name controversy, but if you’re a wanted fugitive, you’d be wise not to put your name and photograph in the newspaper when you speak out on the issue.

That’s a lesson that a former fugitive named Jake Close learned the hard way.

When Close was approached by the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, for his opinion about the Redskins’ name, he readily offered it. He also allowed his own name to be printed, and allowed the paper to take his picture.

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

That was clever, but it wasn’t too clever for Close to give his name and picture to the paper when he was wanted in New York for jumping bail on a drug and drunken-driving case. He was captured when a police officer saw his name and picture in the paper.

Close was sent to jail on $25,000 bail, pending extradition to New York.

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30 Responses to “Fugitive caught after giving his opinion on the Redskins’ name”
  1. outlawjerseywhales says: Jul 8, 2014 7:16 AM

    He is stupid squared!

  2. mp4philly says: Jul 8, 2014 7:34 AM

    Potato head

  3. steely185 says: Jul 8, 2014 7:38 AM

    Good thing they arrest people with stupid opinions.

  4. ytownjoe says: Jul 8, 2014 7:40 AM

    Yep, smart as a potato.

  5. dchetz says: Jul 8, 2014 7:47 AM

    … and here’s your sign.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jul 8, 2014 7:56 AM

    Redefines the word, dumb. Even Viking fans are looking at the guy and calling him stupid, he is that dumb.

  7. saxguru says: Jul 8, 2014 8:06 AM

    Now THAT’S comedy.

  8. thegonz13 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:08 AM

    It boggles the mind to see so much stupidity packed in just one human body !

  9. demskinsbaby says: Jul 8, 2014 8:10 AM

    A fugitive caught in Pennsylvania?.. Say it ain’t so…

  10. titansbro says: Jul 8, 2014 8:14 AM

    Haha, love this guy.

  11. carpi2 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:18 AM

    No matter the circumstances, never refuse your 15 minutes of fame. You never know when the opportunity will next present itself!

  12. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 8, 2014 8:22 AM

    This doesn’t have any effect on the debate. Still not a slur, no matter how much you try to make us believe it. Native Americans, by a LARGE majority, don’t consider it to be one, so neither will I. I am sensitive to their feelings on the issue and therefore will support their decision.

  13. rnt2000 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:32 AM

    Can’t Fix “STUPID”

  14. TheDPR says: Jul 8, 2014 9:23 AM

    Criminal mastermind.

  15. 700levelvet says: Jul 8, 2014 9:48 AM

    The commonwealth of Pennsylvania equals no common sense…

  16. mikejune says: Jul 8, 2014 10:59 AM

    Pretty much sums up the intellectual capacity of those who think the name is OK.

  17. watermelon1 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:04 AM

    So some random police officer in Pennsylvania reading about the redskins name just happens to recognize a name of a guy wanted in new york for something low-profile like drunken driving/drug charges?

    Sounds fishy to me.

  18. tlmoon2112 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    He may be a criminal, but he was right. They shouldnt change their name.

  19. christophoridowd says: Jul 8, 2014 11:22 AM

    Look like this case is…CLOSEd. YYYEEEAAAHHH

  20. stealthscorpio says: Jul 8, 2014 11:22 AM

    Jake was this CLOSE to getting away!

  21. jrh0 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    This time, Jake’s the one getting fried..

  22. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Jul 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    whatjusthapped says: Jul 8, 2014 7:56 AM

    Redefines the word, dumb. Even Viking fans are looking at the guy and calling him stupid, he is that dumb.

    And Packer fans are saying, “I don’t get why this is funny.”

  23. jmarl206 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    Mikejune: you are an idiot, sir.

  24. i, flounder says: Jul 8, 2014 12:12 PM

    to all those people using that same joke, and logic in here, congratulations on your brain functioning on his same level.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 8, 2014 3:15 PM

    I wish they would arrest and lock up everyone who is circulating that stupid “change the mascot to a potato” email.

  26. sandy102270 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:40 PM

    As a BU alum, I’m so glad to see they’ve kept the high admissions standards.

  27. brs50 says: Jul 8, 2014 5:40 PM

    For a stinkin $25k Dan Snyder should bail him out.

  28. jcabe1515 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:47 PM

    Typical Redskin fan!!

  29. ajpnsf says: Jul 8, 2014 11:48 PM

    Hope they end up last again in the NFC
    east. Would serve them right. Too bad they’d get the pick this time though.

  30. ajpnsf says: Jul 8, 2014 11:50 PM

    PS anyone who thinks it’s not a slur is plain stupid.

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