Today is Air Jordan XI “Bred” day. For some folks in Alabama, even getting pepper sprayed wasn’t enough to make them get off line to purchase a pair of the highly coveted sneakers.
WAFF reports that authorities in Hunstville, Alabama were used pepper spray this morning on an “unruly” crowd that had gathered at the Madison Square Mall since it closed the previous. The police only sprayed the general area, not a specific person, since those who were fighting had dispersed by the time of their arrival on the scene. Ironically, reportedly those lined up weren’t even waiting for the kicks. They were waiting for 36 wristbands that allowed them to cop the shoes.
Although medical assistance was being offered to those affected by the pepper spray, everyone refused treatment for fear of losing their place in line.
The Air Jordan XI costs $185. Despite Jordan Brand reportedly making 500,000 pairs of the shoes available worldwide, that significant supply is still not enough to meet the shoe’s high demand. Last year’s release of the Air Jordan XI in the “Concord” colorway resulted in plenty of mayhem.
Although Nike and stores like Foot Locker have start alternative means to discourage lining up for sneakers via RSVP systems or the distribution of wrist bands priors to the day of the release, the struggle continues.
Check out some photos of the Air Jordan XI “Bred” in the gallery.
Photo: Jordan Brand, Foot Locker Unlocked