If the past couple of weeks have taught us anything, it's that the public shouldn't expect the NFL to be progressive on any social issue, much less one that affects the viability of one of its most recognizable brands.

No, it turns out that ground zero for the debate over the use of "Redskins" as a mascot is not in professional sports, but in the newsroom of a Pennsylvania high school.

You might recognize Neshaminy High School's The Playwickian from some of our past coverage. In June, we profiled the school's internal disagreement over its use of Redskins as the school's mascot. An editorial in the paper condemned the use of the mascot. Its writer, Emily Scott, described the reaction as "scary."

Nevertheless, The Playwickian pressed on with its proclamation that it would cease using the term "Redskins" going forward. That stance received a harsh response earlier this month, when editor-in-chief Gillian McGoldrick was suspended from the paper for a month.

At the same time, the paper's faculty adviser, Tara Huber, also received a two-day suspension without pay. The suspension was handed down by district Superintendent Robert Copeland.

Neshaminy High's leadership has dug its heels in the ground on this issue, and the conflict between school officials and the student newspaper has been steadily building for the past year. This has constituted a number of disciplinary threats from the principal, as well as confiscated copies of issues of the newspaper and even a $1,200 deduction of funds from the newspaper's spending account.

School officials also tried to block the newspaper from accessing its social media accounts.

Those students running the paper may appear to be outmatched, but fortunately there is some positive news: Press freedom advocates from the Student Press Law Center have stepped in to offer their support. Although the involvement of attorneys did not dissuade the school from suspending McGoldrick and Huber, the SPLC has helped increase the national media attention this story is receiving.

Also worth noting is that The Playwickian is not the first to make such a resolution. Several newspapers and news outlets, including the New York Daily News, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star, no longer refer to the professional NFL team by their official nickname.

Even Phil Simms, a former NFL quarterback now serving as an analyst for CBS Sports, has said he won't say the nickname out loud during any games he is assigned to broadcast. Super Bow champion coach Tony Dungy is doing likewise on NBC.

Unfortunately, supporters of the Redskins mascot have proven to be remarkably stubborn about the issue. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said before that he will "never" change the team's mascot. It appears Neshaminy High's leadership has adopted a similar tone.

But then again, it's always amazing how the bright spotlight of national media scrutiny can spark such a sudden change of heart. Just ask the NFL.

You know you're unpopular when fans want to trade your jersey to get the jersey of a kicker.

According to the Baltimore Sun, thousands of fans were at M&T Bank Stadium early on Friday to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for similar apparel of a different player. And the very first fan in line, said he was going for kicker Justin Tucker.

Considering that the jersey exchange runs for two full days, it's noteworthy that thousands felt they had to show up early Friday morning. The line was so long that one fan, Tim Krempa, joked to the Sun, "I thought they were giving away iPhones."

Many expressed disappointment in Rice, once among the team's most popular players, and made it clear they didn't want to support him in any way.

Others acknowledged the high cost of officially licensed NFL player jerseys, which retail for anywhere from $100 to $300 each.

Fans attending the exchange will have their jerseys examined by an official NFL representative to ensure the jerseys being traded are officially licensed gear. If the jerseys are authentic, fans will be entitled to their choice of a jersey representing a current Ravens player.

Rice, for those living off the grid this past week, was cut by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL after video was leaked that shows Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiance in a casino elevator.

After reports of the incident came out, Rice was suspended by the league for two games. But the video prompted the NFL and the Ravens to take their own respective courses of action.

The Ravens aren't the first team to offer an exchange when one of their players gets into legal trouble. The New England Patriots ran a similar exchange after star tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder prior to the 2013 season.

There's no hotter sports topic right now than the trending criminal violence among NFL players. But while prominent figures like Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice are receiving the bulk share of media coverage, their respective situations represent a much deeper problem within football culture.

At the same time, some NFL franchises are better at avoiding this behavior than others. Is Adrian Peterson an isolated case, or does he play for a franchise that always seems to find its players in trouble?

Thanks to Dayton Business Journal, we now know the answer. View the slideshow below to see which teams have the best and worst arrest rates in the NFL.

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