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Mark Durante filed the initial suit against the Oklahoma City hoops master, Kevin Durant, claiming he had stolen the nickname from him after he had used it and trademarked it back in 1993. Durante’s was an ‘80s’ guitarist and the founder of the rock-combo Public Enemy. Durante was very adamant that he was a ‘big deal’ back in the ‘80s and after he had trademarked the name, he went on to sell merchandise pertaining to his name such as t-shirts, guitars and other merchandise.
Durant maintains that he never ‘took’ the name to begin with, it was just what fans had been calling him since he started to become famous. However, Durante made note of Nike’s latest endorsement where Durant signed “Durantula.” He also pointed to “Durantula” merchandise being sold on Durant’s website and a Twitter account showing a screenshot of himself using the name as a hash tag.
On top of everything, Durante is also suing Nike for using the name as a moniker to launch a shoe campaign for Durant. Mark Durante originally played in several different bands including Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing and The Revolting c***s as a guitarist. “Durantula” was his “on-stage and performance persona,” as he stated in the lawsuit.
Durante is also suing for damages and an injunction to stop Kevin Durant from using the name.
Nike and Kevin Durant have yet to return any comment on the lawsuit.