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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  36 responses

Kevin Durant Sued Over ‘Durantula’ Nickname


Guitarist Mark Durante is suing Kevin Durant over his nickname, claiming that the OKC Thunder superstar forward jacked the moniker. Per TMZ: “Durant was sued today in Federal Court by a guy named Mark Durante — a guitarist who, according to the lawsuit, was a big deal in the 80s playing with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and The Revolting Cocks. Durante says he adopted the name ‘Durantula’ for his ‘on-stage and performance persona’ — and has used it to market ‘music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.’ [...] Durante claims he sent KD’s people a couple letters “demanding they stop using the nickname” — but says Durant’s reps claimed he wasn’t using it. In the suit though, Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign — and KD himself signed ‘Durantula’ on basketballs that are for sale through his website. The guitarist says he registered the ‘Durantula’ trademark. He’s suing for damages and an injunction stopping KD from using the name.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    Someone needs money

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    And I want Muhammed Ali to stop referring to himself as The Greatest.

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    People are weak, let that man have the nickname. Does anyone even remember this dude?

  • Exile

    You have to be kidding me. What a sad little dude.

  • 2Quick

    Stupidest thing i’ve heard, this guy must be a BROKE

  • Royce

    Sounds like a valid lawsuit to me.

  • Brown14

    Didn’t Slam come up with that name for him? Call your lawyers!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The Revolting C*cks? Boy….coke was potent in the 80s.

  • vtrobot

    I’ve been constantly confusing the two dudes. Glad that this will clear it all up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Wait a second, I thought that 80′s guitarist that nobody has heard of was the same Durantula playing in the NBA…now I’m confused…

  • KevinW

    This guy is just another bottom feeder trying to live off the efforts of others. He just smells easy money. In KD’s pockets. Why not take it from him? That’s what we do in America. We take from those that have earned it and give to those that have not.

  • 23 kid

    The nba give Durant that nick name. That Mark Durante dude need to kick rocks.

  • Emmanuel

    How can u sue someone for using a nick name no one in the world knows you were being called.

  • http://www.hiphopdx.com/ Big Game James

    This lawsuit would come after he made it to the finals.

  • http://slamonline.com badnewsballer

    Can’t he just spell it differently?

  • Ldub

    This just in….Snakes sue Kobe of “Black Mamba” nickname. Jordan sued by H2O over “AIR” nickname! How stupid. Nobody even knows who this guy is…and from 30 years ago? Really?

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    You can sue someone by using your trademark? Then I’ll sue Scalabrine cause I’m the real white mamba!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Redonc. I don’t even think Durant gave himself that name, I’m pretty sure it was just some witty announcer or online blogger that slid the name for him and it just stuck.

  • pLaYz

    Its a valid case.. he sent durants camp letters warning him about the copyright..they replied said he wasnt using it, he then found him selling things off his website with that name after he warned him YES you can sue. whether your still known or not..Durants ppl knew he had the copyright…its like if you try and start your own company and logo and you receive a letter or email saying hey you cant use this logo it needs to be removed within so many days or we will sue..YOU shut down the site wether you know the company or not

  • Cameron

    Is he gonna sue Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and the rest of Public Enemy for using his rock bands name? Did he trademark that too?

  • 23

    i remember a while back when slam had that nickname contest for durant. the winner was “baby ice” i believe. pretty lame. also deron williams was given “the ice pick” . funny stuff

  • JG

    @Ldub why would water sue Jordan over being called air? Someone didn’t graduate high school.

  • HonkyTonk

    Jordan sued by H2O over “AIR” nickname! haha Pure genius!

  • Justin05

    This guy was a nobody and he wants The Durantula to change his name? F off. The nickname fits Kevin better because he gets defenders caught up in his web and then he goes for the kill! Okc in 7

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I should also sue Daryll Dawkins. I’m the Original Chocolate Thunder.

  • ratguts

    @justin05 Tarantulas don’t spin webs dude..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    LOL Ldub said H20, dude you didn’t go to school much huh? & LOL@ratguts. This thread is a mess I’m gone.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^u know. H20 = water

  • pLaYz

    Turantulas ambush their prey they dont spin webs and catch them…

  • Top$helf

    H20=Air???? Dammit thats why I’m not the leader of the free world. Damn you U.S. Educational System!!!

  • Ldub

    I come on the post to make my appearance for the day and see people spreading my name around. Cant say that I like that too much. 11:08 comment wasnt the real “Ldub” just to clarify. Either way, I have to admit I smiled when I saw the post. Kudos to whomever you are.

  • Dingo Rob

    It’s a weak nickname and this guy sounds like he has done the right thing. He spent his hard earn in creating a trade mark of his name before Durant was born. If there are such letters stating they’re not using it and they are I’d be insulted too and sue. Good luck hope he gets some money out of this screw Nike and Durants marketing team

  • kris head

    the guy is one of the best session guitar players on the Alternative music scene, if it’s about money so what? he still had it.

  • C

    Trademarks only cover your particular trade or service or goods or products. He can be the “Durantula” over all thing that exist. This is silly! Has been musician chasing fame and a buck

  • C

    He cant be the “Durantula” over all things that exist!

  • bigA

    Greedy troll…

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