Clothing company files lawsuit over Nets' jersey

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 02, 2019 06:30 AM
Clothing company files lawsuit over Nets' jersey
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) shoots as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — The clothing brand Coogi has launched a full-court press against the Brooklyn Nets over a Notorious B.I.G.-inspired jersey.

The New York Times says a special version of the team’s jersey is at the center of a copyright lawsuit against the Nets, the National Basketball Association and Nike.

Coogi is heavily associated with the late rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. He referenced Coogi in some of his songs, including the hit “Hypnotize.”

The company says a multicolored stripe pattern called “Brooklyn Camo” on the Nike-manufactured “City Edition” jersey copies its designs.

The lawsuit says the amount of the alleged damages would be “established at trial.”

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says the lawsuit has “no merit whatsoever.”

The Nets and Nike declined to comment.

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