Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike over personal logo

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Files Federal Lawsuit Against Nike

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Files Federal Lawsuit Against Nike

A Nike representative declined to address on the lawsuit, noting that the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Leonard wants to use the logo for future lines of clothing and shoes.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Leonard claims that he created a unique logo for himself after he was drafted to the National Basketball Association in 2011.

Nike's facing a federal lawsuit filed by the Toronto Raptors player Kawhi Leonard who claims the sportswear company used his logo without permission. The logo was "an extension" of designs and drawings Leonard had made since he was in college.

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

The lawsuit, quoted in Bontemps' story, explains how Nike tried to take control over the logo without Leonard's knowledge.

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ESPN adds that Leonard and Nike have been in contact regarding the logo multiple times over the past several months.

He endorsed Nike until his contract expired in October past year and subsequently signed a deal with New Balance.

Leonard claims that he developed the logo himself by tracing his very large hands.

Kawhi said that he traced his hand and added his initials to it as well as his jersey number.

The suit said that Leonard "refined" the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products.

The Warriors host the Raptors Wednesday evening at 9pm ET with the series tied at 1-1. He will become a free agent on June 30, and many teams - including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers - are expected to attempt to sign him this summer.

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