Kawhi Leonard Sues Nike Over Logo

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

Kawhi Leonard in action for the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard's Nike deal expired on September 30, 2018, according to the lawsuit.

"In 2011, just after being drafted to the National Basketball Association, Kawhi Leonard authorized a unique logo that included elements that were meaningful and unique to him", the lawsuit reads. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes at the NBA Finals.

The NBA star is asking a judge to declare that he is the rightful owner of the logo and to rule that Nike "committed fraud on the Copyright Office in registering the Leonard Logo".

Nike is said to have blocked his attempts to use the design.

Representatives for Leonard and Nike did not immediately return Sole Collector's request for comment.

Leonard essentially appears to want full control over his personal logo. He said that he wanted to use the logo for "clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions, but Nike explicitly has objected to such uses".

"Leonard is known for his extremely large hands", the lawsuit reads.

As part of an endorsement deal with Nike, Leonard allowed the company to use the logo on certain merchandise while he continued to use the logo on non-Nike goods. The ring and pinky fingers of the logo are shaped into a "K", the middle finger and thumb form an "L" and the index finger is created to resemble an elongated "2" - all nods to his initials and jersey number.

Leonard will become a free agent in July and is widely believed to be considering signing with the Clippers regardless of the outcome of the Finals.

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