Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over his personal logo

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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.

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in an attempt to reclaim control over a logo Leonard says he created.

The Los Angeles Clippers - who are rumored to be among Leonard's biggest free-agent suitors - reportedly looked into purchasing the portion of the rights to his logo, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Representatives for Leonard and Nike did not immediately return Sole Collector's request for comment. "Unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent, Nike filed an application for copyright registration of his logo and falsely represented in the application that Nike had authored the logo". He signed a subsequent deal with New Balance.

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Nike demanded that Leonard stop using the logo earlier this year, despite Leonard's plans to use the design for a clothing line, footwear and other products.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter in game two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. The series is tied at a game apiece.

Leonard claims to have created the famous logo by tracing his own hand. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers but was traded on draft night to the San Antonio Spurs, where he played for seven seasons, winning the NBA Finals and garnering NBA Finals MVP honors in 2014.

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