Rob Gronkowski finally has to own up for his exotic behaviour off the field.
But this time it's not for dancing and it's not for partying.
It's because Nike feels he's ripping off its "Jumpman" logo with his own brand moniker of a player spiking a football. Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, Nike is going after Gronkowski despite him being one of Nike's more popular spokesman.
"Earlier this month, the shoe and apparel giant filed a formal opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trial and Appeal Board, saying a logo of
"We hope to work this out to everyone's satisfaction," a Nike spokesperson said Friday. Gronkowski's team has until Aug. 5 to respond or risk abandoning the filing. If nothing is resolved, the two sides will battle over the mark.
Per ESPN, In April 2016, Gronkowski's company, Gronk Nation L.L.C., filed to trademark the logo for use on clothing and exercise equipment.
"My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today," said attorney Troy Carnrite, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, which represents the Gronkowski family. "We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably."
Gronkowski not only wears Nike cleats on the field, but also jerseys with the Nike brand like the rest of the league.