SEATTLE (AP) – Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the United States on Friday following the release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes — a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made.
By Danese Kenon, The Indianapolis Star
Kristopher Rush, 14, shows off the Nike Air Jordan shoes he got for Christmas. Police were called into control crowds of shoppers flocking Lafayette Square and Castleton Square malls in Indianapolis.
The frenzy over Air Jordans has been dangerous in the past. Some people were mugged or even killed for early versions of the shoe, created by Nike Inc. in 1984.
The Air Jordan has since been a consistent hit with sneaker fans, spawning a subculture of collectors willing to wait hours to buy the latest pair. Some collectors save the shoes for special occasions or never take them out of the box.
Predictably, some crybabies want to hold Nike and or Michael Jordan accountable for the violent actions of these rude, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unrefined, vulgar animalistic cretins.