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Even though Michael Jordan has been retired from the NBA for nearly 10 years the demand for his legendary shoes still hit a fever pitch every time a new pair is released. Not to mention that these are shoes that were originally released before many of the recipients were born or were in diapers. For some folks in Alabama, even getting pepper sprayed  wasn’t enough to make them get off line to purchase a pair of Air Jordan XI a.k.a “Space Jams”. Those came out in 1996. I’m not taking pepper spray in the face for some 16 year old kicks. But that’s just me.

Authorities in Hunstville, Alabama used pepper spray on an “unruly” crowd gathered at the  Madison Square Mall since it closed the previous day.  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.

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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.

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