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. Publius Novus

    People lined up to pay $220 for a pair of what we used to call sneakers? This in a country where we are belly-aching about high gas prices and complaining about slow economic growth and high unemployment? Bring back the draft!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      These are the same people who put $3000 rims on beat-up retired police cruisers. Are you really surprised?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      really you know this how, or is just another racist comment. they all are the same, right

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      @Emmy Skaddittle
      I’m sorry your race card has been rejected, would you like to try another?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mc

    And we laugh at Afghans for rioting over burned Qurans!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Publius Novus

      Wow! You said it all.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      mc – well said!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @ mc
      well said . There they have a reason at least.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      you are the problem with america, ignorant hillbilly

      February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JasonE

      @Emmy Skaddittle

      Below you write >the racism here is incredible< and here you are making your own racist comment. Do I have to point out the obvious?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I think not...

    No SANE white person would pay for those goofy looking things!! Just proves that only one type and color of person is foolish enough to cause such a ruckus 🙂 Maybe if we exterminated them like Hitler did the Jews we'd all be better off. I know there'd be a helluva lot less people on welfare and NObama could worry about REAL issues!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      as long as you are the first on the list. how are you even human?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trollspotter

      found one...

      February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say'in

      @ Emmy Skaddittle
      > A-s long as you are the first on the list. H-ow are you even human?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MazeAndBlue

      More nonsense from The Racist Tea Party Nuts.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kalifornia

    Remember the two girls in Florida that posted the videos that people called them racist and insensitive and how they're really really bad people? Well...this just justifies it. They'd rather riot for sneakers so they can look cool while waiting for their food stamps, unemployment assistance and whatever else THOSE people do.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      the racism here is incredible, you assume these people on welfare why?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mylky

    We're doomed. I'm tellin ya, we're all doomed.
    Nowhere to run or hide from the stupidity of man.
    This world needs a reboot. Seriously.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4th wright

      Amen to that.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      I think the comments in here are far worse that a little scuffle over some shoes

      February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Emmy Skaddittle
      Yes, I agree free speech is worse than violence over a pair of overpriced shoes…..

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      No 'we're' not doomed and the world doesn't need to rebooted. These moronic spear-chuckers need a boot right up their bubble butts.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pam

    How do these thugs even have this kind of money? Oh yeah, Obama and his liberal followers.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      Jesus was the Original Liberal. Just because the like basketball shoes doesn't mean they are job less. this is what wrong with our country and the republican party who has somehow made it okay to be a racist

      February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Emmy Skaddittle
      Actually he wasn’t, your Jesus (even if he existed) was not the first to preach ‘liberal’ ideas.

      P.S. Above your criticized someone for assuming these people were on welfare and here you are assuming this person is a republican. Pot meet Kettle.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SPENT

    This is such a perfect world. We all love humanity, don't we.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Luther51

    Riots over overpriced tennis shoes? What next?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      iphones? stupid toys at Christmas, this isn't new

      February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 4th wright

    Good Lord, we're stupid.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beadlesaz

    At the same time these worthless individuals are fighting over shoes, another CNN story tells the story of a young boy with cancer who is having to deal with the shortage of drugs critical to his treatment. This young man asked the Make a Wish Foundation for this wish – that something be done to eliminate these shortages so all the kids could get their treatments. Very sad stories – sad that the young man must face cancer AND a drug shortage; and, that other young people would be so shallow and waste their lives.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Get him some shoes everything will be peachy

      February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Erik S

    It's the same segment of society that will spend what little money they have on 22" chrome dubs, yet live barely making ends meet and save nothing for their kids' education. See it everyday.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DaRealist

    white people riot at soccer and hockey games

    white people riot on black friday

    white people riot at rock concerts

    they never riot for justice though..that's a black thing.

    that was no riot....that was a friendly get together compared to how whites riot..they can teach all of us what a real riot is..no doubt

    February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      White europeans riot at soccer and hockey games.
      Little old ladies of every race riot on black friday.
      Rock concerts aren't typically violent.
      White people rioted to found this country, and they didn't loot the stores in their neighborhood as they did it.
      I won't even respond to that lasy bit.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dale

    And how much of the money to buy those turd-blossom shoes came from drug deals, theft or welfare? Only blacks, asians or 'tarted whites would line up to buy/steal or dare wear those pimp/spear-chuckin' pieces of sh*$t.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      It was just a matter of time until the Tea Party reared its head.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • no nothing

      HA HA

      February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cutedog2

      Nike...I imagine if they used the images of the child or slave laborers that were used to make their products rather than athletes, that might drop the demand considerably.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JasonE

      Now you’re just making things up. Every black person knows slavery only happened to black-Americans and only whites owned them.


      February 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wesside

    so true DaRealist they always are quick to point the finger. They always blame Obama. If you ALL would have voted he wouldn't be in office. He beat you at your own game . your whole Country and beliefs are for sale. #minority

    February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vince

    For shoes? Seriously? The economy can't be that bad if these people are rushing to pay this kind of money for shoes.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      It's all a matter of priorities. After you get the money from your drug deals, if you have money left over from buying the shiny new tennies, you then can buy food!

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