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Giannis Antetokounmpo Not Playing Around Over 'Greek Freak', Files Another $2 Million Suit Over His Nickname

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By Ryan Naumann

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has filed his second lawsuit this week seeking millions in damages for others ripping off his nickname “Greek Freak.”

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Antetokounmpo is suing a company named Southside Throwbacks along with Daniel Kosiek and Daniel Corcoran.

The federal lawsuit accuses the defendants of trademark infringement, counterfeiting of his trademark, trademark dilution, deceptive acts and practices and multiple other claims.

He accuses Southside Throwbacks of selling merchandise, including t-shirts and tank tops, which feature his trademarked name “Greek Freak.”

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He says they never paid him a dime or got permission to use his mark. Once he found out about them selling the items he had his lawyers fire off a cease and desist.

He demanded they hand over all accounting, profits and merchandise to be destroyed. The NBA star accuses them of not complying with his letter and now he is suing the company. He believes he is entitled to $2 million per counterfeit item sold, which could add up to millions in damages.

Antetokounmpo is demanding an injunction that would prohibit the company from continuing to sell merchandise with “Greek Freak” slapped on it.

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Earlier this week, Antetokounmpo sued a company named Sportz Cases, LLC. He accused them of selling phone cases that infringed on his trademarks. The NBA star fired off a cease and desist letter to the company but they continue to sell the merchandise.

In the lawsuit, Antetokounmpo says the company changed the name of the product from “The Greek Freak” to “The Baller”. He takes issue with the product being a lesser quality than merchandise he produces, which ruins his years of hard work.

His lawsuit is seeking $2 million in damages per counterfeit mark for every type of item sold, which could add up to millions.

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