The $185 Air Jordan Bred 11 athletic shoes go on sale tomorrow. Lines and encampments are forming at stores across the country. Young people on Twitter are buzzing about the footwear. Many are concerned about another possible outbreak of violence reminiscent of last year’s mass riots. Things are already heating up in some retail areas. Do we need sneaker control?!
One teenage boy was reportedly shot to death over his Air Jordans last week.
R.I.P. Juan Reyna, a 16 year old Houston teenager who was shot and killed over a pair of Air Jordans. Sigh. http://t.co/WBUVmptz
— Nico (from HeyNico.com) (@NicoAtienza) December 20, 2012
SMH ppl already gettin killed over those Jordans…. SADDDD
— #Dee???? (@CallMeDeeDawg) December 20, 2012
And in Huntsville, Ala.:
Huntsville Police and HEMSI responded to the scene of a disturbance at Madison Square Mall.
According to witnesses, around 100 people were waiting in line to get the new Air Jordan Bred 11 shoes which retail for about $185.
Police said the shoes were not being released today; people were waiting in line to receive one of 36 bands to get the shoes at a later date.
Some people were waiting in line since the mall closed Wednesday.
Most people were waiting patiently until the mall doors opened, at which point, the crowd got unruly and police had to use pepper spray.
Perhaps it is time for a National Conversation About Jordans.