Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over use of 'KL' hand logo


Kawhi said that his famous "Klaw" logo was created in 2011 after he was drafted in the National Basketball Association, but he claims Nike copyrighted the logo without his consent, the Portland Business Journal reports.

Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike, claiming the company is taking credit for creating the logo that appeared on his Nike-endorsed apparel, according to the Portland Business Journal. Nike has apparently since tried to take ownership of the logo which Leonard himself designed.

"Leonard traced his notably large hand", the lawsuit states, "and, inside the hand, drew stylized versions of his initials "KL" and the number that he had worn for much of his career, '2'".

A company by the name of Blockstation, which is a Toronto-based company that provides end-to-end digital asset trading platforms for stock exchanges, is offering to pay Kawhi Leonard's salary up front if he re-signs with the Raptors on the long five-year deal.

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Representatives for Leonard and Nike did not immediately return Sole Collector's request for comment. Leonard claims his attorneys then asked Nike to rescind its copyrights to the logo. Leonard, a Nike endorser until 2018, is now endorsed by New Balance.

However, the Raptors star insists he is the creator of the logo and is arguing that Nike "committed fraud" when registering it for copyright.

"Several years later, as part of an endorsement deal with Nike, Leonard allowed Nike to use on certain merchandise the logo he created while Leonard continued to use the logo on non-Nike goods", the suit stated. The series is tied at a game apiece.