It appears that the nation’s sneakerheads have their priorities in order once again, as Nike’s latest high-end shoe, the Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy,’ caused a riot last night (Feb. 23rd) just before the sneaker’s official release. My Fox Orlando reported that just before midnight, gatherers waiting outside of Florida Mall’s Foot Locker House Of Hoops store began fighting in line.
The fracas erupted to such a level that Florida police in riot gear and on horseback were called to the scene. According to the report, police began moving in around 9:45 p.m. as the crowd began acting up. From there, people fled the scene as police moved in to clear the property, reportedly numbering into the hundreds. Although authorities say none were harmed, two people were arrested for trespassing, apparently defiant about losing their place in line over the coveted kicks.
“It’s unfortunate it happened over a shoe event, but we were proactive in our response and lucky it ended well,” said Ginette Rodriguez of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
With the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities taking place in Orlando, Foot Locker was hoping to release the shoe at the height of the celebrated event. The stores have issued a statement, stating they will be cancelling the release of the shoe across several of its stores.
In comparison, a New York campout for the sneakers has been a much milder event, so reported the NY Daily News earlier in the week. Imagine that.
Watch footage from the scene at the Florida Mall below.