February 24th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Disturbances prompt cancellations of some Nike releases

[Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET] Concerns about disturbances among large crowds waiting to buy special-edition Nike shoes tied to this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game prompted stores in several states to cancel the releases, media reports say.

Of particular interest among many would-be shoppers, according to the reports, was the $220 Nike Foamposite One Galaxy, a space-themed, glow-in-the dark shoe that nods to the space legacy of Florida, where this weekend’s game is happening in Orlando.

In Orlando on Thursday night, a Foot Locker House of Hoops store at Florida Mall cancelled a special 11 p.m. opening after police were called to handle a crowd of about 1,200 people, CNN affiliates Bay News 9 and WFTV reported.

The crowd outside the mall was moved across the street before the late-night opening. But at one point, people rushed toward the store, which was to sell the Foamposite One and other All-Star-related releases, the affiliates reported.

“People tried running over the cops. People tried just getting into that line,” witness Youssef Abounouadar told WFTV. “Everyone ran to the door, and it started getting really hectic.”

Law enforcement officers in riot gear pushed back the crowd, the store did not open Thursday night, and the release of the Foamposite One there Friday was canceled, the affiliates reported. No injuries or arrests were reported.

A message on a Foot Locker website said the company was canceling All-Star weekend shoe releases at seven malls in four states Friday because of unspecified "safety concerns." Besides the one at Orlando’s Florida Mall, the cancellations included stores in Tampa and Pembroke Pines, Florida; Morrow, Georgia; Hyattsville, Maryland; and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The release also was cancelled at a store in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Friday morning, CNN affiliate WAFB reported. A witness told WAFB that authorities sent home a crowd of more than 100 people because the would-be shoppers wouldn't line up in an orderly fashion.

A call to Foot Locker's corporate offices wasn't immediately returned.

In an e-mailed response to a call seeking information about the cancellations, Nike said that it encouraged "anyone wishing to purchase our product to do so in a respectful and safe manner" and that "consumer safety and security is of paramount importance."

One of the cancellations was at Tampa’s University Mall, where police called off a midnight release because of concerns about a crowd of 800 to 1,000 people that gathered there Thursday night, CNN affiliate WTSP reported.

Kingsley Boateng, a witness, told WTSP that the release was canceled after people “tried to bum rush the door.”

At the Hyattsville, Maryland, mall, one person was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct after a large crowd gathered there, CNN affiliate WUSA reported Friday morning.

At the Southlake Mall in Morrow, Georgia, the Foot Locker House of Hoops store will be closed Friday because of safety concerns surrounding the shoe releases, a mall representative told CNN.

The Foamposite One was one of 17 types of shoes that Foot Locker House of Hoops stores were releasing over the weekend.

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  1. leeintulsa

    they oughta just release them online. you could order with your cellphone. they aren't there for the customer service..

    February 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DeeNYC

    People who camp out, or fight over a consumer product won't go far in life. Simple fact

    February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |

      I don't know... I camped out for the Xbox 360 years ago and now I'm an engineer 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby

    Just more proof the US is going third world. You would think that some of our so called leadership would step up and cite this type of behavior. Nope. Politically incorrect. This is where we are headed. You think they will get this excited when it is bread lines like Africa instead of shoe lines?

    February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Say you're the leader...what would you do?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      I would speak out broadly. I would enact the help of community leaders and mentors to get involved in teaching human values. I already work with troubled youth and I encourage others to volunteer. I would definitely not sit back and ignore the problem or act like it will fix itself, because it will not. If 5 of the youths out of 100 can be helped, it is all worth it. This is our future. What would you do?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Oh brother, not another culture preacher. Dude, for your information I grew up in a poor, minority neighborhood. I went to school like everybody else, spent my youth taken up with sports and with a little help from an athletic scholarship and Uncle Sam, got through college. Then a good 28 year marriage, kids and now I'm close to retirement. No big deal, no goobers preaching to me about the American Way, just me doing right by my MINORITY family and friends, enjoying my big, fat, ethnic life. People like you did nothing for me back then, what makes you so special now?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd


      You are such a liar, get back in the yard and pick more lettuce!

      February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    Heh.. Yeah.. Another sad note is there will be murders over this $200.00 shoe as well. You can see the future headline now... Youth shot by a gang member trying to acquire their sneakers... Isn't life just peachy?

    February 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ken: oh, come on. you can't blame the shoe for deaths. people are killed for gold chains.. there will be people killed over jealousy and greed whether the shoes are released or not..

      would you rather it was leather coats?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    It gets sadder after what we saw happening at door-buster sales a while back. A crass and embarrassing display of stupidity.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OregonTom

    Sad thing is that Nike doesn't make that high quality of a product. New balance seems to be about the best thing out there. NB isn't even as good as they used to be.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wolf Daddy Deluxe 5000

    these people should be more concerned with getting off welfare and getting jobs rather than getting new shoes ; )

    February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. calvin

    Amazing, for SHOES ??? Every single one of these absolutely idiotic shoppers needs to get a life. I saw the shoes on TV, they are UGLLYYYY. No way I would be seen wearing them. Only ONE time have I ever stood in a line, and that was for an iphone, but after that I realized that nothing is worth that hassle. I'll just WAIT until it's back in stock. I have MUCH better things to do with my time. Not to mention $200 !!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Typical ngger behavior

      Well it's not like any of these welfare collection, baby making, nggers have any style anyhow.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    Here come the racists who use something like this to spout their ideology.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      they need no introduction lol

      February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wobbles

      do you dispute that is an almost entirely black mob pictured? How is pointing out a reality racism? Should we pretned it's a mob of diverse indiiduals from every race? Should we lie to ourselves?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    @wolf daddy: you knew all those people?


    February 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Typical ngger behavior

    How much you wanna bet not one person there was white.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      i'll take that bet. how much do you have?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • quagmire

      also maybe using their welfare checks

      February 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dubrats

    who's got money for new shoes these days?...

    February 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Annexian

    Great, people trampling each other for:

    "Slave made goods fLom Amiable VeneLable Cathay"

    February 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. paul

    Riot police should shoot a few of them in the foot, give them some perspective, they're only shoes people, it ain't worth rioting for.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEE

      YES they are only 'shoes' so right. Now I wonder how many of them have a 'job', and if not, can they get a job interview with those 'special shoes'!! Let's not be so violent about the situation.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      The perfect solution!!!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bigg-E

    $220 for some space themed shoes? Not like any of them have child support to pay...

    February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • quagmire

      you need to understand that the pimp has to look good for his beaches. do you know what i am saying

      February 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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