Nike wants Kawhi Leonard’s lawsuit against them to be dismissed and is counter-suing him, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
News of Leonard’s lawsuit against Nike filtered out during the NBA Finals, while he was a member of the Toronto Raptors.
— Def Pen Kicks (@DefPenKicks) June 3, 2019
Leonard claimed that he designed the popular “Klaw” logo used on his Nike apparel and that Nike falsely claimed it created the logo in a copyright registration.
Nike is denying all allegations of wrongdoing against Leonard, The Blast reports. The company is accusing Leonard of violating their deal and want a court to grant an injunction against him.
If you need a good laugh this morning, check out the images in Nike’s countersuit against Kawhi Leonard over the Klaw logo. pic.twitter.com/6w0GlthV1P
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) July 18, 2019
Following his college career, Leonard signed a deal with Nike in 2011 when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard left the Nike-owned Jordan Brand last year for a new endorsement deal with New Balance – likely worth more than $5 million per season.
Leonard left the Raptors in free agency earlier this month, signing a three-year, $103 million contract with the LA Clippers.