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Air Jordans Spark Violence

July 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Fans went crazy trying to get their hands on the new Air Jordans.

The retro Air Jordans arrived in stores Friday, and so did guns, knives and violence.

From Yahoo Sports

Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the nation Friday following the release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes—a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made.

The mayhem stretched from Washington state to Georgia and was reminiscent of the violence that broke out 20 years ago in many cities as the shoes became popular targets for thieves. It also had a decidedly Black Friday feel as huge crowds of shoppers overwhelmed stores for a must-have item.

In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. coqueiphone The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., soldes coque iphone when the stores opened, coque iphone Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said. coque iphone xr He said it started as fighting and pushing among people in line and escalated over the next hour.

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