Thunder forward Kevin Durant continues to fight a lawsuit claiming he stole the nickname “Durantula” from 1980s musician Mark Durante.
On June 20, TMZ reported Durant was sued in federal court by Durante, who used to play with The Aliens, The Next Big Thing and other groups.
At that time, Durant representatives said he wasn't using “Durantula” and it was media and fans who gave him the nickname.
Durant claims he has never used the name to sell merchandise, no one has ever confused him with Durante and the lawsuit should be tossed. Durant also wants Durante to cover his legal fees.
Durant has refused to answer questions about the lawsuit because it is an ongoing legal matter.
Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign and Durant himself signed “Durantula” on basketballs that are for sale through his website.
The guitarist says he registered the “Durantula” trademark and is suing for damages and an injunction that stops Durant from using the name.
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