Release of new Air Jordan sneakers prompts frenzy nationwide

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 1:23 PM
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The release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes caused a frenzy at stores across the nation Friday as scuffles broke out and police were brought in to stamp out unrest that nearly turned into riots in some places.

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Kristopher Rush, 14, waited in line for more than three hours outside of Lafayette Square Mall in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday to get a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Kristopher Rush, 14, waited in line for more than three hours outside of Lafayette Square Mall in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday to get a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes.

Shoppers stood in long lines through the night to get their hands on a retro version of one of the most popular models of Air Jordans ever made. The fights were reminiscent of violence that broke out in the early 1990s on streets across America as the shoes became popular targets for thieves.

In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall.

The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., when the stores opened, Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said.

“Around 3 (a.m.) there started to be some fighting and pushing among the customers,” he said. “Around 4, it started to get pretty unruly and officers sprayed pepper spray on a few people who were fighting, and that seemed to do the trick to break them up.”

Murphy said no injuries were reported, although some people suffered cuts or scrapes from fights. An 18-year-old man was arrested for assault after authorities say he punched an officer.

“He did not get his shoes; he went to jail,” Murphy said. Shoppers also broke two doors.

In Richmond, Calif., police say crowds waiting to buy the Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords at the Hilltop Mall were turned away after a shot rang out around 7 a.m.

No injuries were reported, but police said a 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody. The gun apparently went off inadvertently, the Contra Costa Times reported.

The frenzy over Air Jordans – the new pair retails for about $180 – has been dangerous in the past. Some people were mugged or even killed for early versions of the shoe, created by Nike Inc. in 1985.

The Air Jordan has since been a consistent hit with sneaker fans. A new edition was launched each year, and release dates had to be moved to the weekends at some points to keep kids from skipping school to get a pair.

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creolechick
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creolechick 12/23/11 - 02:50 pm
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I hope everyone realizes that

I hope everyone realizes that not 1 single part of a Nike shoe is made in the USA.

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copperhead 12/23/11 - 03:31 pm
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This will trigger a frenzy of

This will trigger a frenzy of shootings to obtain said sneakers!

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Patty-P 12/23/11 - 03:50 pm
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Or burglaries to sell stolen

Or burglaries to sell stolen goods to obtain said shoes.

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InChristLove 12/24/11 - 08:38 am
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My son works at the Augusta

My son works at the Augusta Mall and had to be there at 6:00am yesterday. He said there was already a crowd waiting for the mall to open and as soon as it did you saw people just running to the shoe stores.

$180 for a pair of tennis shoes.....no shoe is worth that kind of money.

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seenitB4 12/24/11 - 08:50 am
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ICL....I agree ...no tennis

ICL....I agree ...no tennis shoe would get that $$ from me....good luck to your son with the crowds this weekend..

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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 09:47 am
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Nothing like seeing the rich

Nothing like seeing the rich get richer off the poor. MJ and Nike should donate at lease half of what they earn for these overprice shoes to the needy. Bad timing as well. Seeing a bunch of grown folks act like this is not in the spirit of Christmas. MJ and Nike should be ashamed.

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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 09:49 am
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As far as the shoes not being

As far as the shoes not being worth $180. Try telling that to the collector of these shoes. They will be worth every penny and a lot more to the right person. Look at what i going on Ebay and other such sites.

iLove
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iLove 12/24/11 - 09:54 am
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Would you compare these

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Would you compare these shoppers to the same shoppers from Black Friday?

People need to get their priorities together.

iLove
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iLove 12/24/11 - 09:56 am
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I agree running man....I

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I agree running man....I guess it's more of a collectors item than a shoe...

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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 09:57 am
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Ilove, yeah, you can throw

Ilove, yeah, you can throw Black Friday shoppers in there with the Huns and Visigoths, too.

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freeradical 12/24/11 - 11:57 am
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If only the rich were forced

If only the rich were forced to pay their "fair share" .

The the desperate plight of the struggling "middle class" to secure

the air jordans they are in such desperate need of could be government

subsidized as it should be.

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JRC2024 12/24/11 - 12:59 pm
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Free, the rich do pay their

Free, the rich do pay their fair share and alot more. It is the entitlement crowd that does not and takes awhole lot more. Someone has been deceiving you. Check out a graph on who pays what and on who gets what and also the amount of our intake that goes to entitlement programs. Go to a government web site to see that.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/24/11 - 01:07 pm
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Thanks seenitB4, I'm sure

Thanks seenitB4, I'm sure they will be whipped by the time they get home but at least tonight and tomorrow we will be able to spend some quality time together to reflex and enjoy our Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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