Kevin Durant sued by ’80s guitarist for use of ‘Durantula’ nickname

When Kevin Durant was emerging as one of the best players in the NBA, many people felt like he needed a nickname. It looks like the people who officially decided that “Durantula” would be his nickname picked a bad one.

According to TMZ, Durant was sued in Federal Court on Tuesday by a musician who claims that is his nickname. Mark Durante, a guitarist who played with Public Enemy (unrelated to the hip-hop group), The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and other bands, says he used the Durantula nickname and has trademark rights to it.

The lawsuit reportedly says Durante adopted the name “Durantula” for his “on-stage and performance persona” — and has since used it to market “music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.”

Durant’s reps reportedly claimed they’re not using the nickname, but Durante says otherwise. He claims Nike used it for a T-shirt, and that Durant is selling autographed balls on his website with that nickname.

If this isn’t the dumbest lawsuit ever, then it’s close. If KD had just listened to our nickname suggestion, he wouldn’t be in trouble.

(Artwork above comes via the good work of Ball Don’t Lie)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNOFLGMKKCY2EFQJJCH2GDAEAU raiderthug


  • http://www.usasports360.com/ Usa Sports 360

    The problem in this country is the courts will let anyone sue for anything. Durant should be able to use any name he choices lots of people have the same names and no one is suing over that. This guitar player probably spent all his money and is looking for a easy pay-day!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lou.zier Lou Zier

    gotta find some way to get money….lord forbid you find a job

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1781867426 Steve Joseph

    or lord forbid he follow the laws in this country, if the man has “rights” to the name then he has RIGHTS TO THE NAME!

  • John Cate

    If the guy trademarked the name and actually uses it professionally, then he has the right to complain. This isn’t a dumb lawsuit at all. Kevin Durant and Nike have a ton of money. Toss this guy some cash to agree to share rights to the name and call it a day.

  • David Lynch

    I wonder if the guy is loaded? Probably not, that’s why he’s doing it. But if he has it trademarked, that’s another deal, he has the legal right to complain!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UEVYX75TBCYDWSA3MYSUDSAXW4 GeorgeZ

    Who gives a rats padooky!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Christophera422 Christopher Anderson

    Whats Kevin Durants’s last name again?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SCV67HRTOAX3FZEVED467UH7UU DaAxeMan

    Curious have you ever heard that named used by KD or the guitarist. If Durant
    was using this name was he informed of this infringment in writing, by the
    guitarist, if not then he has no legal standing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AHYLFYVPW2VAJCNBM5YEUNEGLI Anonymous

    I will sue Mark Durante, too, for using my nickname “durantula”.  I have been using this nickname since 1933.

  • Josh Spates

    here’s the thing no one cares about some scrub guitarist that like 6 people have heard about…. give the name to kevin lol!!

  • Anonymous

    DaAxeMan is right, if no one ever made Durant and his people aware of Durante’s rights to the name, he has no base for the suit. If no one tells a me, “hey that’s mine, you can’t use it”, then how am I suppose to know it belongs to them.

  • Anonymous

    Whelp, guess I should have read the TMZ report. They said they did send them letters… oh well, guess they have to now prove that they weren’t using it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/lou.zier Lou Zier


  • http://www.facebook.com/kalberson Keith Alberson

    Man i agree, he really needs to get a life. It’s a dam shame of the greed of people in this country!