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NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Sues Sports Company For $2 Million, Stop Using Greek Freak!

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By Ryan Naumann

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo is demanding millions in damages from a company using his “Greek Freak” mark without permission.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the Milwaukee Bucks is suing a man named John Stanko and his company Evolution Thread Store. The suit accuses the defendants of trademark infringement, counterfeiting of Giannis’ federally registered trademark, unjust enrichment and various other claims.

The gist of the lawsuit is Giannis wants the company to stop selling clothing and other products that feature his nickname “Greek Freak.” The NBA star has spent a ton of money and time on building the name into a brand. The suit states, “Antetokounmpo has expended substantial time, money and resources successfully developing, promoting and advertising his GREEK FREAK-branded products.”

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“Antetokounmpo has continually used his GREEK FREAK mark in connection with his products in U.S. commerce at least as early as 2017. He has been identified as the “GREEK FREAK” even earlier than that, due to his impressive professional abilities and achievements,” the suit reads.

Giannis says despite owning the trademarks to the mark the defendants have been selling t-shirts with “Greek Freak” plastered on them. He says he took immediate action against the company once he became aware of their actions. His legal team fired off a cease and desist to the company demanding they stop selling the infringing products.

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The suit claims Evolution Thread Store and John Stanko blew off the cease and desist and continue selling the “Greek Freak” items on their website. Giannis argues, “There is no question that the products sold by Defendant under the GREEK FREAK mark were sold by Defendant with the purpose of confusing and misleading consumers into believing that they are purchasing products associated with or endorsed by Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the most successful and popular NBA players.”

Giannis is asking for $2 million in damages per counterfeit item sold by the defendants. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of lawsuits brought by Giannis against people hawking “Greek Freak” items.

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