MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The release of new “galactic-themed” Nike sneakers sparked a near riot in Orlando, but all remained calm in South Florida.
More than 100 law enforcement officers in riot gear dispersed an uncontrollable crowd waiting to purchase the new Air “Foamposite One Galaxy” outside the Florida Mall on Thursday night.
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Police dispersed the unruly crowd that gathered in a parking lot outside the mall, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. Witnesses said someone rushed to a Foot Locker store even though crowds were told to wait in the parking lot. The deputies formed a line and used shields to repel the crowds, witnesses told the Sentinel.
Police said no one was injured, but two were arrested for trespassing.
Following the incident, MPs from the speakers announced that there would be no release of shoes.
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The glow-in-the-dark basketball shoes, tied to this weekend’s NBA All-Star game in Orlando, cost $ 220. They would be sold online at a much higher price.
Here in South Florida, about a half-dozen pairs were sold without incident Friday morning in the Nike Store at the Dolphin Mall.
The galaxy-themed collection includes shoes named after LeBron James, her name is LeBron 9. There are also shoes named after Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kobe Bryan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Players should wear their special edition shoes inspired by NASA space suits and inspired by astronauts during this weekend’s NBA All-Star game.