No More Nice Kawhi: Leonard files lawsuit against Nike

The Raptors’ superstar alleges Nike copyrighted his Klaw logo without his consent, and now he wants it back. Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has filed a lawsuit against Nike, alleging the shoe manufacturer copyrighted his Klaw logo — that he claims to have designed himself — without his consent.

Breaking: Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. Leonard claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and Nike copyrighted the logo without his consent.— Matthew Kish (@matthewkish) June 3, 2019

There are layers upon layers to this story, so let’s try and break them down as succinctly as possible:
Sometime after the 2011 NBA Draft, according to the court documents, Kawhi created his Klaw logo.
Sometime after that — early in Leonard’s Spurs career — he signed an endorsement deal with Nike.
As part of that deal, Leonard — again according to the lawsuit — “allowed” Nike to use the logo on Nike products.
In May 2017, Nike copyrighted the logo, claiming ownership of it — without notifying Leonard.
Leonard’s Nike deal expired sometime last season; contract talks broke down in 2018, with Nike / Jordan Brand allegedly offering a paltry 4-year, $22 million deal that Leonard rejected.
Leonard signed a new …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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