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Antetokounmpo sues over ‘Greek Freak’ merchandise

The NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks accepts an award for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards on July 10 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks accepts an award for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards on July 10 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NBA’s most valuable player is suing a Pennsylvania artist who is selling “Greek Freak” merchandise.

The Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo registered his nickname with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. His lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to Jinder Bhogal in May. Bhogal removed the “Greek Freak” merchandise from his website, but not his Facebook page.

A complaint says Bhogal’s merchandise was misleading customers who thought it was affiliated with Antetokounmpo. He is seeking all the profits Bhogal gained from selling the merchandise and/or $2 million for every counterfeit mark on goods sold.

The Journal Sentinel says Antetokounmpo is asking for a jury trial in his lawsuit against Bhogal.

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