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Release of new Air Jordan shoe creates chaos at Bradenton mall

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Champs' management decided not to put the shoes on sale on Saturday morning in Bradenton. Champs' management decided not to put the shoes on sale on Saturday morning in Bradenton.
A crowd starting gathering at Bradenton's DeSoto Square on Friday night. A crowd starting gathering at Bradenton's DeSoto Square on Friday night.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

The release of a popular tennis shoe nearly caused a disturbance early Saturday at the DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton.

The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. and was defused by more than a dozen Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

According to a MCSO report customers looking to purchase the new Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gamma’ sneakers began to gather outside the retail development late Friday night. Champs Sports - located inside the mall - was scheduled to put a limited number of the shoes on sale when they opened for business on Saturday.

By 8 a.m. the crowd outside the mall had grown to 400 to 500 people the report states. At that time Champs’ management decided not to release their limited supply of the Air Jordans for sale.

When word of the cancellation filtered through the crowd many became unruly and some began to bang loudly on the security gate outside the sporting goods store.

Approximately 20 deputies were dispatched to the mall to restore order. Law enforcement managed to peacefully disperse the crowd. Nobody was injured, no property was damaged and no arrests were made.

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