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Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over use of logo

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 19:45:33-04

(KGTV) -- NBA star Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike, claiming the sportswear company committed fraud by claiming ownership of a logo he created.

According to the lawsuit, the logo included his hand, the initials “KL” and the number 2, which he wore for much of his career.

As part of an endorsement deal with Nike, Leonard allowed the company to use the logo on certain merchandise while he continued to use the logo on non-Nike goods.

The lawsuit also claims that, without Leonard’s consent, Nike filed an application for copyright registration of his logo and “falsely represented in the application that Nike had authored the logo.”

As part of the lawsuit, Leonard is seeking a “declaratory judgment of non-infringement and that Leonard is the author of the logo and Nike, in registering for the copyright of Leonard’s logo, committed fraud on the Copyright Office.”

Leonard played for the San Diego State Aztecs and is currently a forward for the Toronto Raptors.