Derailed: Jail Blazers

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In our first season of DERAILED, OBB Sound, Campside Media and Black Mar Mitzvah team up to spotlight Portland’s “Jail Blazer” era, a term coined by the local Portland media in 1996 to describe what had befallen one of the most promising NBA teams of the late 1990’s… a team that was ultimately plagued by scandalous off-the-court antics, some of it criminal. But by the early 2000’s, the media narrative surrounding the team’s “bad boy” reputation had taken on a life of its own, eventually fueling a one-sided national news story that (unfairly) vilified a group of young black athletes in one of the whitest cities in the country.

 

Partners: Campside Media and OBB Sound

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