Kawhi Leonard Countersued By Nike Over "Klaw" Logo

Kawhi Leonard Countersued By Nike Over

A month after Kawhi Leonard sued Nike for allegedly copyrighting the "Klaw" logo without his consent, the apparel company has countersued the reigning NBA Finals MVP for allegedly using a design it created and owns, according to multiple reports. Nike, however, argues the logo that was copyrighted was not the original design from Leonard, but instead one that the company designed itself as an improved revision. "The "Claw Design" was created by a talented team of NIKE designers, as Leonard, himself, has previously admitted". However, despite all this positivity in his life, Kawhi Leonard's battle with Nike rages on. That is true. What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design. His lawsuit against Nike said he has plans to use the logo on apparel and other merchandise, although the Oregon-based company has blocked him from doing so.

"In this action, Kawhi Leonard seeks to rewrite history by asserting that he created the "Claw Design" logo, but it was not Leonard who created that logo". In the said documents, Nike admits that Leonard did indeed provide an early draft for the design.

The difference between Leonard's amateur sketch and Nike's professional logo are comical. As of right now, the brand is trying to get the judge to force Leonard to stop using the image.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during Game Six of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

When the design originally was released, Leonard claimed he was behind the logo, but gave Jordan Brand "all the credit" for helping refine the logo's design, according to NiceKnicks.com's George Kiel. He's inked to a deal with New Balance for years to come.

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