An article saying a man robbed Michael Jordan for his Air Jordan Gamma Blue 11 shoes in Chicago isn’t actually real.
It’s a satire article from the website CreamBMP, which is written by a comedian named CREAM. “Nba legend Michael Jordan was robbed at gunpoint during an in-store sneaker signing for the Gamma 11′s released earlier today at a Chicago sneaker boutique,” reads a portion of the hoax report.
According to CreamBMP’s disclaimer, “CreamBmp.com [is] written by comedian CREAM. This website is comprised of satire and parody of current news and urban culture. For entertainment purposes only.”
At least one media outlet was fooled by the report. Nigeria’s Osun Defender copied the article word-for-word and pasted it on its website.
Online, a number of people believed Jordan was robbed, re-posting the CreamBMP article on Twitter and Facebook. “Michael Jordan cant even get a pair of jordans without gettin robbed,” wrote one.
Another added: “Chicago is too wild, Michael Jordan got robbed and they stole his personal pair of Gamma 11s…and they forced him to sign them LOL.”
But on the CreamBMP website, commenters were quick to point out the story is a fake. “The comments on here are about the saddest thing I’ve seen in a while. Between the ones who don’t understand the this is a fake story and the ones that don’t understand satire I don’t even know where to start. Sad. Story is funny as hell though,” one reads.
Over the weekend, the retro-styled Air Jordan Gamma Blue 11s were released. The New York Daily News reported that the release of the shoes sparked fights across the U.S.–from Stockton, California to the Bronx in New York City
A number of Instagram and Vine users uploaded videos of alleged fights over the sneakers.
One uploaded by the “SneakerWatch” YouTube channel shows a fight outside a Foot Locker in an undisclosed location before police arrive and break it up. “They macin’,” says one person off-camera in the video, referring to police using pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Another video taken in Stockton, Calif., shows a brawl over the shoes, according to the Stockton Record. “What people do for Jordans: Straight up brawling in Finish Line for last pair of Gamma Jordan 11’s!” the video title reads.