Leonard wants control and says Nike has no rights and that he designed the elements of the logo when he was in college.
This is the main reason why Leonard left Nike previous year to sign with sports apparel competitor New Balance.
Leonard is attempting to retain control of the "Klaw" logo that he is claiming he created.
Playing with Kyle Lowry - coupled with the emergence of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet - meant Leonard won't be charged with carrying the team's weight all on his own.
On a travel day for National Basketball Association finals, Leonard filed the federal lawsuit.
Nike told Leonard earlier this year to stop using the logo, which appears on clothing lines, footwear and on other products.More news: Should taking drugs in your youth exclude you from becoming Prime Minister?
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The Warriors made a successful comeback win in Game 2 led by Curry's 23-point performance, while the Raptors fell short despite Kawhi's impressive display, finishing a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard reacts late in the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. That deal dissolved September 30, 2018 when he copped a multi-million dollar New Balance deal in November. A Nike spokesman declined to comment Monday, saying the company does not discuss pending litigation.
He speaks very highly of head coach Nick Nurse, gushes about the city of Toronto whenever he's asked, and in helping the Raptors earn their first trip to the NBA Finals, he's already tasted success north of the border.
Leonard claims that he developed the logo himself by tracing his very large hands. However, on the basis of Copyright application of the logo designed by him, Leonard sued Nike.
Leonard urges the court to decide the author of the logo and declare that Nike has adapted fraudulent practice while registering for the logo.