Toronto Raptors’ Kawli Leonard suing Nike over rights to his logo
Toronto star Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike, claiming the footwear and apparel giant is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns.
The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals as Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland to begin preparing for Game 3 of the title series against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
It was filed in California because Leonard maintains a home in San Diego, the suit said.
Leonard was a Nike endorser until 2018 and now endorses New Balance.
A Nike spokesman declined to comment, saying the company does not discuss pending litigation. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes.
In the lawsuit, Leonard said Nike filed a copyright application for a logo that he designed and did so “unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent”.
Nike told Leonard earlier this year to stop using the logo, the lawsuit said.
Leonard is preparing to use the logo “on clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions”……..read more
Source: Sky News