Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

When Kevin Durant was emerging as one of the best players in the NBA, many people felt like he needed a nickname. It looks like the people who officially decided that “Durantula” would be his nickname picked a bad one.

According to TMZ, Durant was sued in Federal Court on Tuesday by a musician who claims that is his nickname. Mark Durante, a guitarist who played with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and other bands, says he used the Durantula nickname and has trademark rights to it.

The lawsuit reportedly says Durante adopted the name “Durantula” for his “on-stage and performance persona” — and has since used it to market “music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.”

Durant’s reps reportedly claimed they’re not using the nickname, but Durante says otherwise. He claims Nike used it for a T-shirt, and that Durant is selling autographed balls on his website with that nickname.

If this isn’t the dumbest lawsuit ever, then it’s close. If KD had listened to our suggestion, he wouldn’t be in trouble.

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10 Comments:
  • If he owns the trademark, its his. Dude should see if he can buy it if he wants it. Or come to an agreement to share it.
  • Who?
  • Just another way to try and get his name out there since probably nobody has heard of him......and how is anyone suppose to know it was trademarked??
  • As if this guy actually makes any money off of his, um, fame(?).
  • ok wait......He played in a Band that used name of an exisiting band but doesnt like someone using a nickname he uses?
  • Who cares?
  • Seriously, get a life, who cares... And getting all uppity over what people call this high school player, doesn't make me want to listen to your music... Whoever the hell you are, cause this guitarist isn't someone I had heard of before. And seeing this legal matter started over something like this, I wouldn't WANT to get to know who he is, anyhow... He can go crawl back under his rock, for all I care :d
  • i think that if the public gave him that nickname then maybe you should sue the public
  • @bfoflcommish I thought the exact same thing.
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