Nike Air Jordan XI Concord Retro Cause Mayhem Nationwide

The release of Nike’s newest Air Jordan basketball shoes Friday caused fights, injuries, arrests, property damage and in one case the use of pepper spray.
Nike released the throwback design on a limited basis Friday. Customers lined up hours in advance for a chance to purchase the $180 Air Jordan Retro 3 basketball shoes. Which is where some of the trouble began.
While the Air Jordan remains one of Nike’s strongest sellers and a new model is released every year, this year’s retro style struck a major chord. Police are seeing the same kind of reaction which took place when the shoe premiered in 1984. At that time people were so desperate to own Air Jordan’s that there were regular muggings and people were even killed for their shoes.
There have been no deaths associated with this year’s popular Air Jordan release, but there has been plenty of mayhem and general stupidity.
In Jersey City, New Jersey a 20-year-old man was stabbed when a fight broke out among those waiting outside a retail outlet. Shots were fired at a California shopping mall. The stabbing victim is expected to recover and the man who ‘accidentally’ fired his handgun in California was arrested.Nike Air Jordan XI Concord Retro Cause Mayhem Nationwide
Meanwhile in Seattle, police used pepper spray on a crowd of over 1,000 people who converged on several stores at the Westfield Southcenter mall. Shoppers waiting there in line began pushing and shoving, which escalated into a brawl resulting in property damage and one arrest.
In Michigan, Georgia and Ohio, crowds forced their way into stores prior to opening, causing damage and resulting in arrests.
Possibly more disturbing was an occurrence in Georgia in which a woman was so set on purchasing a pair of Air Jordan’s that she left her two toddlers locked in her car while she went in search of the shoes. Police had to break a window in the vehicle in order to get to the children. The woman was taken into custody and now faces charges.
Nike released a statement in response to the violence related to the Air Jordan release, saying “Consumer safety and security is of paramount importance. We encourage anyone wishing to purchase our product to do so in a respectful and safe manner.”
The Air Jordan has become a popular collector’s item with many who purchase them never taking them out of their box or only wearing them on special occasions.