The ongoing logo battle between Kawhi Leonard and Nike has now reached a new level. Leonard filed a lawsuit back in June against the company claiming that he designed his iconic Klaw logo and should therefore own the rights to it.
Nike is now reportedly counter-suing Leonard for copyright infringement, fraud and breach of contract on the grounds that the design Leonard submitted and the design they created exhibit "distinct differences."
Nike claims that there are large disparities between Leonard's logo and theirs. For starters, the sketch Leonard submitted during what Nike described to be a collaborative process features the "K.L." occupying two fingers. His jersey No. 2 also makes an appearance in the crease between the thumb and index finger.
On what Nike claims to be their version of the design, the "K.L." makes up the majority of the hand with the two acting as the index finger. The differences are very noticeable.
Nike also claims that Leonard signed off on the design.
Both Nike and Leonard filed trademark applications for the design, which precipitated Leonard's defection from Nike to New Balance and the subsequent ongoing legal battle.
It's just a bit funny that Leonard and Nike have chosen to do battle on the grounds of ownership over the logo. That being said, with his stardom reaching new heights after his performance in the postseason, there's no doubt that the logo holds plenty of value.
Time will tell how this situation plays out. Hopefully it won't distract the usually mild-mannered superstar from bonding with his new teammates on the Los Angeles Clippers as they try to bring the team its first NBA Finals title in franchise history.