Air Jordan 11 Concord Shoes: Release Ignites Nationwide Chaos and Violence

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2011

Photo courtesy of Kicksonfire.com
Photo courtesy of Kicksonfire.com

Nothing like a little senseless violence and chaos to bring in the Holiday season.

The release of the Air Jordan 11 retro "Concord" shoes has sparked a wave of nationwide violence. These shoes are all the rage and to say that some have taken their love for shoes too far is a gross understatement.

Update: Friday, December 23rd at 5:46 p.m. EST

CNBC's Darren Rovell Tweeted out this statement from Nike regarding the chaos surrounding the release.

"We are extremely concerned to hear of the reported crowd incidents around the launch of the Air Jordan XI at some select retail locations. Consumer safety and security is of paramount importance. We encourage anyone wishing to purchase our product to do so in a respectful and safe manner."

Update: Friday, December 23rd at 5:21 p.m. EST

The rumored murder of an 18 year old named Tyreek Amir Jacobs appears unfounded, according to Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun.  

The hoax blew up Twitter and Facebook, but no credible source has verified that the murder is legitimate.

Update: Friday, December 23rd at 11:45 a.m. EST

Shots have been fired at a Richmond, CA mall, according to the Contra Costa Times. Obviously, sales of the shoes at this location have been cancelled for the time being.

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According to IndyStar.com's Bill McCleery and John Tuohy, police were called to two Indianapolis malls to control the crowds of shoppers trying to get their hands on the shoes.

At least four were arrested in a suburban Atlanta mall, according to The Baltimore Sun. One woman left her two toddlers in the car while she went after the shoes, prompting police to bash in a window to get them out.

She was arrested upon returning to her vehicle.

The craze isn't exclusive to America either. Check out this clip from the Philippines.

The article says Lafayette Square Mall had to close the doors on certain stores after opening because of the mayhem that ensued.

Wusa9.com reports that in Seattle, police had to use pepper spray to control a crowd. There are accounts of trampling, object throwing and madness much like we have become accustomed to hearing about Black Friday.

The most disturbing buzz thus far is circling around the rumored death of teenager Tyreek Amir Jacobs. CNBC's Darren Rovell Tweeted about the buzz swirling around it, though there is not a confirmed report of the death at this time.

Rovell also Tweets about the effect the kicks have had on shoe sites.

With a limited amount of the $180 shoes, people are trying to get them every and any way they can. The hottest gift of the holiday season has sparked a wave of madness and it's astounding that people are willing to resort to such measures for shoes.

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