With the Oklahoma City Thunder just one loss away from coming up short on their dream of winning a Championship, Kevin Durant is now facing additional stress from an unlikely form: a lawsuit.
In a court order filed yesterday, Durant is being sued by Mark Durante, a guitarist who 'peaked' back during the big hair, heavy metal days of the 80's.
In the suit, Durante is claiming that KD's use of the nickname 'Durantula' is in violation of the trademark he established to help promote his product. Durante claims that he adopted the name "Durantula" for his "on-stage and performance persona" — and has used it to market "music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise."
Durante also claims that he has sent several letters to KD's people “demanding they stop using the nickname”. The only issue here for Durante, though, is that KD's people are saying that he wasn't using it.
In letters, Durant's representatives repeatedly told the 80s rocker that "Kevin does not use the term as a nickname and has no intention of doing so," according to the suit.
Apparently the 'Durantula' nickname being given to Durant was the product of Oklahoma City fans and not of Durant's own devising.
In the suit, however, the guitarist claims that Nike, who Durant is signed with, has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign and that KD himself has signed basketballs for sale through his website that have 'Durantula' on it. Durante is also going after Panini Authentic, which is selling photographs and basketballs with the Durantula inscription.
Durant has made no comment on the matter as of this time.
During the 80's, Mark Durante played for The Aliens, Public Enemy, The Next Big Thing and the Slammin Watusis.
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