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Kevin Durant

I Can't Be Sued

for a Nickname I Don't Use!

11/25/2012 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1124_Kevin-Durant-GETTYKevin Durant is fighting back against a lawsuit claiming he stole the nickname "Durantula" from a 1980s musician ... arguing that he didn't give himself the moniker and doesn't even use it to make money.

As TMZ first reported, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was sued by guitarist Mark Durante, who claimed he had trademarked the name and used it to sell merchandise long before KD came along.

But in his response -- filed earlier this month in Illinois Federal Court -- Durant claims the media and his fans have been calling him by the name his whole career. Durant says he has NEVER used the name to sell merchandise ... so Durante's lawsuit has no merit.

In addition, Durant claims that no one would ever confuse him with Durante (who has played with the likes of Public Enemy, The Aliens and The Next Big Thing).

KD wants the lawsuit tossed completely and wants Durante to cover his legal fees.

A judge has yet to rule.

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16 COMMENTS

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1.

Carl    

Just another money grab. The only way I could see Kevin at fault is if he ever made music under that nickname. I suspect the court will feel the same way.

675 days ago
2.

Mike44090    

Mark Durante and Kevin Durant should both go after those making money off the name using Marks logo and Kevin's image. All you have to do is Google "Dutantula" and see those who are making the bucks.

675 days ago
3.

Melissa1987    

So this guy failed in having a career and instead of going around filling out job applications, he chose to file a frivolous lawsuit? We wouldnt have it any other way here in America.

675 days ago
4.

Donald Ray    

TMZ, do you folks reach some sorta' climax by ALWAYS prefacing your stories with TMZ REPORTED THIS STORY FIRST? Who REALLY gives a $hit and we don't believe you, ANYWAY. Can you PROOVE it? It's really ANNOYING as HELL, to ALWAYS read that.

675 days ago
5.

NOT ELMO    

Too pale, He needs a Tan...

675 days ago
6.

Tanzaboy1990    

Ahahaaahahahahahaha good article TMZ..

674 days ago
7.

backfire    

Watched Durant during basketball olympics...wow he's amazing!

674 days ago
8.

ReaderInMI    

1980's musician - enough said. He looking for money.

674 days ago
9.

kylecoop23    

smh, all because he needs more rhinestones for his jacket.

674 days ago
10.

brandy canada    

can u bring back the kd 4's? like next month?

502 days ago

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