In the 1980s, Air Jordans hit the streets at the height of Michael Jordan’s career. He was the hottest player the NBA had ever seen and every teenager wanted to own his coveted shoes for a chance at his greatness on the court. But, the teenagers that could afford to buy the $100 shoes lost their shoes and too many times, their lives, in robberies.
Now fast forward to 2013, the shoe is hitting the newly released Air Jordan XI “Bred” is hitting shelves at $185 and young men are again repeating history. The newest victim in an Air Jordan theft is Joshua Wood, 22, of Houston, Texas. He and a friend purchased several pairs at Willowbrook Mall only to be followed by teenagers that would attempt to rob them.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the assailants, Kaegin Arrington, 19, Neal Bland, 18, and Anthony Wade, 19, have been charged in the murder of Wood, after it was alleged that they all participated in the shooting that led to his demise. The three allegedly followed Wood and his friend home from the mall and pulled guns on them demanding the shoes. But, Wood’s friend ran out of the car and Wood jumped behind the steering wheel only to be shot multiple times.
As he tried to escape his assailants, he rammed the car between two houses and crashed into a gas line and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Wade has been charged with capital murder. I wonder if Michael Jordan will ever see fit to having the shoe permanently removed from the shelves.
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