Yes, you read that right, a pair of basketball shoes were released to the public on Friday morning December 23rd, 2011 and certain groups of people lost their mind. This is after pepper spray incidents in Los Angeles during Wal-Mart Black Friday sales. On Thursday morning police started to be called to address crowd control problems due to the release of Nike Air Jordan XI Concord Shoes.
The shoes released were a retro version of the 1996 version of Air Jodan XI Concord shoes that were so popular at that time. The Air Jordan retro shoes were released from East Coast, to the midwest to the Western part of the Unites States. In each area major altercations, fights, riots, violence and mayhem broke loose as the time grew closer for doors to open.
In the Washington D.C. area multiple incidents went out of control as patrons literally went crazy while waiting in line at Malls, Foot Lockers and shoe stores in the area. Radio Station WTOP 103.5 FM provides a great account of incidents in that area. The type of issues range from men jumping barricades & assaulting people waiting in line in Westfield Annapolis Mall, women trespassing, 20 police cars at a Potomac Mills Mall for extreme crowd control and Twitter videos of out of control crowds of shoe fanatics.
A report by USA Today provides multiple accounts all across the country of reality show like behavior that shows the shoppers were out of control and unruly just to get a pair of popular Air Jordan XI Condord shoes. Incidents mentioned there range from police using pepper spray on 20 suburban Seattle customers, fighting an arguing with other people waiting in line, officers being pushed by Air Jordan diehards, Charlotte North Carolina malls having customers push inside the store, Jersey City, NJ a stabbing between several people waiting for shoes and people in Taylor Michigan damaging displays & throwing benches.
To put it bluntly the age group that was responsible for all of these tragic incidents ranged from 16 years old to 34 years old. You didn’t have parents, grand parents or people with any professional background taking part in this mess. This isn’t the first time Nike Air Jordans have created riots, mayhem and violence. The early 1990s saw riots and violence every time new Air Jordans were released and collectors waited in lines.
The Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords have sold out across the country even though consumers were faced with a $180 pricetag for a pair of new Nike shoes. A quote from a girl that waited for the Retro Air Jordans named Carlisa Williams in USA Today stated, “I don’t understand why they’re so important to people. They’re just shoes at the end of the day. It’s not worth risking your life over.”
There are shared experiences that are good and bad from around the country of Air Jordan fanatics and we’re sharing a collection of videos of those experiences below. It may be a case where the next time Air Jordans are released you’ll want to get Air Jordans off eBay instead of waiting in these violent crowds of consumers.