Raptors star Kawhi Leonard suing Nike over use of 'Klaw' logo: report

Jun 3 2019, 10:12 pm

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Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike, according to the Portland Business Journal.

The Toronto Raptors superstar claims he designed the Klaw logo used on his Nike apparel early in his college career and that Nike “falsely” claimed it created the logo in a copyright registration.

According to the report, a federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the United States District Court in Southern California, a day after the Raptors lost Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

This will surely add fuel to the fire for Kawhi offseason destination rumours. The team thought to be in hottest pursuit of Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers, have reportedly looked into purchasing a portion of the rights to the Klaw logo in an attempt to lure him to Southern California as a free agent this summer.

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was fined $50,000 by the NBA for tampering last week, after he publicly compared Leonard to Michael Jordan.

Leonard left Nike-owned Jordan Brand last year for a new endorsement deal with New Balance – likely worth more than $5 million per season.

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