Nike is counter-suing former Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard: report

Jul 18 2019, 8:11 pm

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.

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.


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.

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