When the design originally was released, Leonard claimed he was behind the logo, but gave Jordan Brand "all the credit" for helping refine the logo's design, according to NiceKnicks.com's George Kiel.
You may have also heard, that at one point this summer, LA Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer tried to purchase the logo back from Nike in order to gift it to Leonard, should he end up choosing the Clippers in free agency.
Nike countered in its Wednesday filing, which was done in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California - the same court where Leonard filed his suit.
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Nike reportedly included that quote in its countersuit, which charges Leonard with copyright infringement, fraud and breach of contract. He then accused Jordan's parent company, Nike, of claiming his patented "Klaw" symbol that appears on his branded apparel against his will. Further, they claim the Nike team was the one who created the final design used. They even provided a photo of the rough draft of Leonard's logo compared to their design. Leonard left Nike and signed with New Balance in November. As part of the contract, the two-time NBA MVP was prohibited from authorizing any third-party to use Nike trademarks.
"What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design", Nike's countersuit states, courtesy of Danner.
According to Sporting News, Nike is now seeking "maximum statutory damages" as a result of Leonard's actions. The company accuses Leonard of "reproducing" its claw design on non-Nike apparel during the National Basketball Association finals in violation of Nike's exclusive copyright. The company included in court filings statements that Leonard reportedly made to a website called NiceKicks.com, where he was quoted saying in October 2014, "I drew up the rough draft, sent it over and they (Jordan Brand) made it flawless..."