Several Injured After Alexandria, LA Mall Was Destroyed Over Air Jordan Sneakers
The Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords are one of the most highly coveted sneakers in the shoe game, so as they hit stores just in time for Christmas, the pandemonium was at an all time high. All across the country, lines formed and crowds got rowdy as folks awaited the chance to shell out $180 for a pair of the iconic black and white sneakers that went on sale at midnight.
From coast to coast police were called to control crowds that lined up by the thousands. But why police? It's just a pair of shoes, right? Well, not quite. You see, the Jordan 11's only come out once a year, and it's one of the most anticipated releases for sneaker-heads and Jordan fans alike. Within a few hours of their release, a slew of Jordan 11's popped up for sale online for $500 or more with dozens bidding on each pair!
Of course, with such high demand and anticipation comes drama. In Atlanta, multiple people were arrested in a mob scene at a suburban mall where the crowd broke down a door to enter the mall before it opened. Glass was shattered in North Carolina, fights were reported in Kentucky and police had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman left them there to go and buy the shoes.
The most shocking "Jordans" story of them all came from right up the highway in Alexandria, LA where the entrance of the Alexandria Mall was destroyed after a rioting crowd forced their way in trying to get the new Air Jordans. Alexandria Mall general manager Mitch Daniels had no idea things would get this insane.
“The mall prepared for the event by adding increased security and off-duty police officers. Due to the number of individuals, crowd control became an issue,” Daniels said. The local police ordered the mall closed. The mall re-opened at 9 a.m. Several people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries,”
The crowd pushed so hard that the entire glass entrance caved in and fell on a crowd of people, instantly shattering upon contact, leaving many people with glass stuck in their head. Reports say that there were at least two kids in the group of people injured in the incident.
Needless to say, nobody got their J's.
Meanwhile in Texas ....