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. guitarharry

    All the racists in this post slapping blacks around for being on welfare and buying ridiculous things are ignoring the fact that the majority of welfare recipients in the U.S. are white. And white people (rich and poor) are just as guilty of buying overpriced novelty items: 3D televisions, carbon-fiber bicycles, $25/lb coffee, organic candy, etc. And if a felon commits a crime wearing glow-in-the-dark shoes, the cops are going to spot him, so that's not who's buying them. The truth is white suburban kids are probably going to be the ones snapping up these stupid shoes; middle-class white kids love to pretend to be gangstas... Nike is laughing all the way to the bank with this free publicity.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      You are correct, the majority of people on welfare are whites. But as a percentage of the population, more blacks are on welfare.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfhgjhkjkjhg76865erdfghjhghdred

      Though true, there are a larger "number" of "white" on welfare, blacks, who are about 10% of the nations population, = about 30% of the TOTAL number of people on welfare.


      You are nothing but a racist.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolnonsense

      Nicole – Percentage wise, not by much.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      per capita there are more blacks than whites. Of course there are more total whites on welfare, there are far more whites in the country than blacks. get your facts straight

      February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      to gfhgjhkjkjhg76865erdfghjhghdred:
      So a white person (me) pointing out that other white people are just as likely as blacks to be cajoled into buying useless, overpriced junk like glowing sneakers makes me a racist?! I must have struck a nerve...enjoy your overpriced junk, fellow white boy.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      to Brian:
      Careful, the air is mighty thin up there in your ivory tower. I suppose now you will argue that those lopsided percentages of blacks on welfare have nothing to do with the rampant racism within our society. Cultural/ethnic bias on NCLB-mandated standardized tests have caused more people to end up on welfare than anything else in the past 10 years. Maybe if you could put away your mind-numbing racist stereotypes for a moment and see the big picture, you and your ilk might not be so angry and have to take out your frustrations through these kinds of anonymous lynchfests you troll through every day. Take a breath, deal with reality; black people are not evil, their problems (some of their own making, most resulting from racism) become yours. Instead of vilifying poor people, do something productive.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    It's a shoe. It's a shoe. Did I say, it's just a shoe?

    February 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dale

    Gee, I wonder how many in the crowd were 'African-Americans'.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • erik

      Your stupid

      February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darin

      Gee, I wonder how many people that respond to this article will be making unwarranted and unjustified innuendos?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      No, just stating the obvious. Check out this site and watch the video and tell me most of them weren't spear chuckers.


      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolnonsense

      LOL, the overwhleming majority of my friends who collect sneakers are asian.

      Thanks though for showcasing your extreme ignorance, bigot.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      I wonder how many in the crowd were white people named Dale...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feast of Beast

      It's true. Look at the video. Not that you need to. And don't call us bigots. The word is RACIST, and with good reason.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      Well...I watched the video twice and it looks like about a 60/40 mix of blacks/whites to me, also a few Asians. Mainly it looks like a bunch of scruffy kids. If we are going to paint with a broad brush here, I would say this is the behavior of stupid, young men of several ethnic backgrounds. Once again, your racism has blinded you from the truth, Dale. It's okay. You were probably taught to think this way from your parents. It's not your fault.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    What the hell is so important about a pair of shoes or anything for that matter, that could justify this kind of behavior.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CenTexan

    Oh dear....

    February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrea M

    I'll give the sneakerheads this, the shoes in question do look damn cool. Were I one for basketball trainers, I'd love to wear them for sure! Are they worth getting trampled for? No, not really. But I won't deny they're damn hot kicks.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolnonsense

      Those foamposites are quite a collector's item. I'm tempted to buy, but I'd probably wear them once or twice then put them back in the box for safe keeping until the end of time.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rjack

    I will never understand the mob mentality of materialism involving shoes, clothes, cabbage patch dolls, or ANYTHING pretty much other than food or water if you are starving or dying of thirst. Grow up people and realize your life or your relatives lives are more important than a damn pair of any kind of shoes.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Yeah, but let's be honest. "grown-ups" did the same thing with tech stocks in the 90's, houses in the 00's and gold in the 10's.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      Welll-said, but grownups do this sort of thing, too; do people really need to buy $500 rims for their cars? What about people who buy exercise machines and use them for drying laundry? (that's what happens to most of them) The real villain here is the marketeers who convince otherwise rational people to go crazy and buy stuff that is just overpriced junk–a fad that will disappear within a year. It's sad.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    All of this over some shoes. Strange days indeed.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    This is not news. This is a promotion.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davetharave

    This has to stop. If products can't be sold without riots breaking out then all commerce will have to be conducted on-line over the Internet.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Feast of Beast

    Thanks for making our nation look as low-class as it's obviously getting to be. Primate skumbags.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    Florida Mall. Just ONE of those words is (scary) enough to keep me away, but used together, you get the perfect example of "stupid is as stupid does."

    February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SFRich

    It's not so much lining up for a pair of shoes as it is an opportunity for people to double (at least) their money. These are special edition shoes with greater demand then availability, so their price on the street is much higher than what's paid in the store.

    Nike is playing upon the all-to-prevalent human trait of greed by unnecessarily creating a limited product line. It's not all that different then DeBeers limiting the production of diamonds to keep global prices artificially inflated.

    Make Nike pay for the extra security.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Les

    NIKEs prices are the same as a shoemaker's price and he makes shoes for the individual. There is absolutely no sneaker in the world that is worth even half of what NIKE charges.

    If a kid of mine wanted a pair of these, I would make him get a paper route or other job and pay for them his self. The parents whp actually buy these "novelties" are just as crazy as the kids who want them.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolnonsense

      In '98 I saved my allowance for three months to buy a pair of Jordans – which I still have, mint condition.

      It is that easy.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lolnonsense

    Where was the outrage and venom when 'whites' trampled grandma at Walmart (LOLOLOL) on Black Friday?

    Really, you trampled grandma to get into – "Walmart"....LOL!

    How's it feel bigots?

    February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sindy

      I was pist off...as was many aroung the country. You think grandma getting trampled was LOLOLOL?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nike off

      Yeah, but think of what you can get for $220 at WalMart! Grandma had it coming.......

      February 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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