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. Eric

    If they were protesters they would be pepper sprayed, beaten, and arrested

    February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChaunceyJenkins

      That would make it a hate crime

      February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LMD

    Kids dying over no drugs for treatment,Soldiers dying in war,people without food,etc and the mindset is to do whatever it takes yo get a damned pair of shoes and other worthless material things. Yes our country is really going in the right direction-

    February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. johnsonj3

    Why everything is being blamed on the President? Oh I know because he is Black and people can't stand it. four more years to go Mr. President so all your hater will be really sick. LOL

    February 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoFo

      Your comment is so moronic that you had to be one of the imbeciles rioting over shoes.
      As for Nike, I wouldn't spend a penny for anything with their name on it.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. no nothing

    stupid mulies

    February 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DaRealist

    Blacks should start crowding the gun shows since whites don't like them shopping for shoes.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dizzyd

    I didn't know they had Xboxes 360 years ago!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wotzzamattawidem

    Why are these people so broken? They are too susceptible to advertising. Anybody that is so bizarre as to first pay $220 for a pair of fad sports shoes but then to rush cops in riot gear to get them? Clearly they should be in rehab and if they refuse, for humanities sake we should put down with a sledge hammer next to a cow; then we could ground up their body and use it as fertilizer, so at least some good can come from their incredibly pathetic existence. Sheesh

    February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DaRealist

    it's not even the first of the month for anyone there to be buying shoes on welfare..most likely they are paying for them with their tax returns or their actual pay checks..stipid sadines...you racism doesn't even match ligic.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaRealist


      February 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. no nothing

    way to go Foot Locker, you know how to bring the stupidity out of stupid Americans.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brother James

    It's just that black people dont know how to act in public. I think their should have been a lot more tear gas used. Then the nightsticks and then the rubber bullets.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DaRealist

    How dare blsck people collect limited edition shoes...they should be more like whites and collect waterford crystal, or faberge eggs.

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

      I can't speak for other white people but I don't own anything I don't use. I collect nothing. Useless dust collectors, or limited edition sneakers are not in my budget. Unlike these affluent rioters apparently. My house , my vehicle, my utilities, and my consumables are in my budget.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. j

    Ghetto trash, rioting over shoes everyone will have in 6 months.

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

    My work here is done.

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

      please take your white children back.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronny_Pudding


      February 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ronny_Pudding

    In Orlando? Say it ain't so. What do you expect from the number one place to film "Cops" the tv show. That place, and Florida in general is a crime ridden hell hole. Populated by morons with terrible taste. Have you seen those shoes? You might as well walk around with a electric lime green t-shirt that says "I have no class and bad taste".

    February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil...

      What's wrong Ronnie? You can't afford a trip to Orlando? So that makes Florida full of morons? Wow!! How pitifull, maybe you should save your welfare check and take to Florida...

      February 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronny_Pudding

      Afford a trip? Hell, I was just down in Las Hadas 2 weeks ago. Why would anyone go to Florida when there are so many much nicer places to visit. It's not all about money goofball. You probably like those shoes too.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Knee Grows and Nikes

    I love how its not their fault. LOL – nike, you are the bad guy because knee grows kill each other over your shoes. FUNNY.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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