The Brooklyn Nets finally got some cool threads to put in their rotation, but it looks like their creation is coming under some heavy fire.
Brooklyn’s Biggie Smalls-themed jerseys harken back to the Coogi sweaters the deceased rapper used to wear. Called “Brooklyn Camo”, the alternates are black with multi-colored patterns around the edges.
But Coogi is still a brand that exists today, and now they’re going after the team, the NBA, and Nike.
Via New York Post:
“[The defendants] were well aware that Biggie neither wore nor rapped about anything called ‘Brooklyn Camo,” the lawsuit reads.
“But they created, marketed and sold and distributed ‘Brooklyn Camo’ products so as to confuse consumers about the connection between their goods… and Coogi.”
The companies also knowingly violated Coogi’s copyrights for their designs called “Pea Soup” and “Ricotta,” the label claims.
Coogi is suing for damages and for everyone involved to stop selling the gear.
It feels like the collective legal power of the NBA and Nike could come out on top, and perhaps was likely vetted for this scenario before the jerseys were put onto players in the first place.
We don’t know yet if the Nets plan to wear these jerseys in the meantime, but the suit will be something to keep an eye on.