National Basketball Association star Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over his personal logo

Last week, reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Clippers had allegedly taken steps to acquire Kawhi Leonard's "Klaw" logo from Nike.

On Monday, Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike over a personal logo that Leonard says Nike fraudulently copyrighted and that Leonard designed. Leonard opted against renewing that contract and joined New Balance last November, but Nike kept the rights to his logo.

Nike did not respond to the Business Journal's request for comment.

Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike this week after legal issues arose about his "Klaw" logo.

According to the lawsuit, the logo included his hand, the initials "KL" and the number 2, which he wore for much of his career. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 30.9 points on 49.6 percent shooting while adding 9.1 boards and 1.5 steals per game during the playoffs.

The suit said that Leonard "refined" the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. Toronto has since gone on to have its best season with the forward, reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. The nine-page suit was filed today in United States District Court and claims that the logo was an updated version of drawings he'd been working on since college. His Raptors are even with Golden State in the championship series at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Meanwhile, the lawsuit said, Leonard in November 2017 applied for and subsequently received registration for two trademarks of the logo.

According to ESPN, Nike responded to Leonard's claims back in March.


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