Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over use of 'KL' hand logo

Kawhi Leonard has reportedly sued Nike over

"In 2011, just after being drafted to the National Basketball Association, Kawhi Leonard authorized a unique logo that included elements that were meaningful and unique to him", the lawsuit reads.

Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike over use of the "KL" hand logo, which became a popular logo for the former Spurs All-Star during his time in San Antonio.

Nike did not respond to the Business Journal's request for comment. Leonard says he worked with Jordan Brand on the design, but Nike later filed a copyright claiming sole ownership.

The suit said Leonard "refined" the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. He's now under contract with New Balance. Leonard is preparing to use the logo "on clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions".

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The Toronto Raptors have been in control of the NBA Finals, with the notable exception of the 18-0 run to open the third quarter from the Warriors that effectively won them Game 2. His elevated play during the postseason has helped Toronto reach its first-ever NBA Finals. On the application, the lawsuit said, Nike claimed authorship in 2014 of the logo and rights and permissions to the logo.

This is certainly something Kawhi is having his lawyers deal with so he can focus on the NBA Finals and trying to steal a game at Oracle as the series is tied 1-1.

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

According to ESPN, Nike responded to Leonard's claims back in March.

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