Stephen: Kawhi Leonard suing Nike over alleged stolen logo

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike over his “Klaw” logo, claiming he drew the symbol himself and didn’t give the brand permission to use it. As explained in documents obtained by TMZ, “Leonard traced his notably large hand, and, inside the hand, drew stylized versions of his initials, ‘KL,’ and the number that he had worn for much of his career, ‘2.’” The athlete further alleges that he permitted Nike to use the logo after he signed a contract with the shoe giant in 2011, but that they filed for a copyright of the logo “without [his] knowledge or consent.” Leonard is now asking for complete control of the logo, saying Nike “committed fraud on the Copyright Office” by registering his logo. Leonard was signed with Nike from 2011 to 2018, but inked a new contract with New Balance last fall.

 

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