Nike Claims Rob Gronkowski’s ‘Gronk Nation’ Brand Ripped Off Jordan’s Jumpman Logo
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially pissed off Nike. Yesterday, Gronk tried to trademark a logo for his brand that according to Nike looks “too much like” the Jumpman logo used by its Jordan Brand.
Earlier this month, the shoe and apparel giant filed a formal opposition to the USPTO Trial & Appeal Board, saying a logo of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in silhouette spiking a football could be confused with its Air Jordan Jumpman logo that it has used since November 1987.
Gronk, who has served a Nike spokesman for the past few years, hopes to resolve the matter soon.
“My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today,” said Gronkowski’s attorney Troy Carnrite. “We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”