Kawhi Leonard is not only kept busy by the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors player number 2,  will in fact have to solve another battle, but of a different kind. Leonard has filed a lawsuit against Nike because of an old logo that Beaverton's company would have copyrighted without the consent of the inventor, the former San Antonio Spurs player.

But let's take a step back to explain the course of the entire story: in 2011, just drafted, Kahwi Leonard revealed 'Klaw' or 'KL2', a logo depicting a hand made up of his stylized initials and number 2, nothing but a sketch he had already drawn during his early college years. Over the years, the logo has been regularly used by Nike, Leonard's technical sponsor until his recent signing with New Balance, but only thanks to a special concession concerning the 'certain merchandise', a specific marketing license that in some cases also involved the Jordan collections, the brand that 'refined' the logo in 2012.

Kawhi Leonard has sued Nike for using his personal logo About 'Klaw', the logo designed by the Raptors' star in 2011 that Nike has registered without his consent | Image 1

 

In recent times Leonard has discovered that he can no longer use the logo he himself had conceived to put on clothes and shoes to be used in the summer camps and charity games he usually organizes, given that Nike has denied him consent having registered the brand as its own, as a copyright violation.

The case concerning the 'contested' logo of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year came last Monday to the United States District Court in Southern California because, as New York Times' Marc Stein revealed, there would be a recent approach by of the Los Angeles Clippers, intending to acquire the rights of the logo so as to be able then to pursuit the same Leonard to sign for them when he will become free-agent, at the end of the season. 

Kawhi Leonard has sued Nike for using his personal logo About 'Klaw', the logo designed by the Raptors' star in 2011 that Nike has registered without his consent | Image 0