Nike files countersuit against Leonard over 'Klaw' logo

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According to a report by CNN, Kawhi's Nike lawsuit was filed after the player accused the company of trying to ban him from using a logo that he designed.

"Kawhi Leonard seeks to rewrite history.", Nike's lawyers Stanley J Panikowski III, in San Diego, and Tamar Y. Duvdevani and Matthew N. Ganas, in NY, wrote in counterclaims filed Wednesday in federal court in the Southern District of California.

Nike is seeking a judgement that would declare them the owner of the logo, an injunction preventing Leonard from using the logo, plus damages and attorney fees. In its countersuit filed this month, however, Nike reportedly says that, while Leonard did share a design sketch he made in college, the finished product featured distinct differences, and that any designs used during their partnership are owned by the company.

The suit goes on to later point out Leonard used the logo on non-Nike clothing during the NBA Finals, and that he alluded to planning to do so in the future in his own lawsuit last month.

"What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design", the countersuit states, according to the San Antonio Express-News' Patrick Danner.

Nike argued in court papers that Leonard had acknowledged Nike held exclusive rights to "any logos" created by Nike or Leonard in connection with his contract.

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During their partnership, Leonard provided them with designs to use on merchandise.

Leonard, 28, separated from Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike, in 2018 and is now endorsed by New Balance. Not once in his Complaint does Leonard display or attach either the design that he provided or the Claw Design.

Since 2014, Leonard has been claiming that the main idea of the "Klaw" came from him, but added "I give the Jordan Brand team all the credit because I'm no artist at all".

"Instead, he conflates the two, making it appear as though those discrete works are one and the same".

In their response to his lawsuit, they deny all allegations of wrongdoing against Leonard.

In new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Nike admits Kawhi had sent them a copy of his K.L. hand-design sketch as part of the collaborative process.

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