Reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard took complete responsibility for his free-agency status in his amazing move to the Los Angeles Clippers previously this month.
He’s attempting to claim control of his renowned “Klaw” logo, but Nike faces some aggressive defense.
After Leonard launched a lawsuit aimed at the shoe and apparel conglomerate last month, claiming the company is taking credit for creating the logo that appeared on his Nike-endorsed apparel, Nike returned serve by filing a countersuit against Leonard, according to multiple reports.
The former Toronto Raptors star, who endorsed Nike until his contract expired last fall and eventually teamed with New Balance, contended in his original suit that he designed the logo based on sketches he drew before becoming a professional. According to Leonard’s suit, during his endorsement agreement with the business, he gave Nike approval to place on certain goods.
He said Nike, partnered with Jordan Brand during Leonard’s moment, did not have his OK to apply for copyright registration.
In his Wednesday filing, which was accomplished at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Nike answered the same tribunal where Leonard lodged his complaint.
Nike stated that Leonard shared a design with the business while he was in college, but claimed that the sketch and the completed logo had distinctive similarities while claiming possession of the “Klaw,” which Leonard continued to use and wear on apparel after his Nike agreement had expired. As a consequence of the conflict, the firm sent him a cease-and-desist letter late lasy year.
The New York Times revealed last month that the Los Angeles Clippers who eventually won the Leonard fee-agency sweepstakes and signed it to a three-year, $103 million maximum agreement previously in July had silently examined the feasibility of buying a part of Leonard’s ‘Klaw’ logo that is still owned by Nike.