Brooklyn Nets, Nike, and New Era Sued Over Biggie Tribute Jerseys

Coogi claims the Nets stole their signature pattern for the "Brooklyn Camo" uniforms.

D'Angelo Russell

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D'Angelo Russell

Coogi has accused the Brooklyn Nets of swagger jacking. 

TMZ reports the Australian fashion brand is suing the team over the "Brooklyn Camo" uniforms, the 2018-19 City Edition alternatives that paid tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. As you can see in the images below, the black uniforms were trimmed with a colorful pattern that was reminiscent of Coogi's signature knitwear popularized in the 1990s.

Brooklyn Nets Biggie Jersey Shorts 2018-19 Nike City Edition

Biggie was perhaps Coogi's most prominent co-signer, as he not only rocked their pieces on a regular basis but also name dropped the brand in a number of records:

"However, living better now, Coogi sweater now" - "Big Poppa" (1995)

"Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi," - "Hypnotize" (1997)

Though it was a nice sentiment, Coogi claims the Nets did not receive proper authorization to use their pattern and is now taking legal action against the team, as well as the NBA, Nike, New Era, and Russell Brands.

"While other colorful and ornamental sweaters have and continue to exist, the highly distinctive and ornamental designs of COOGI sweaters and apparel have become exceedingly famous," Coogi said in the lawsuit.

According to TMZ, the fashion company is suing for damages and is demanding the franchise to stop selling the Brooklyn Camo gear, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, beanies, keychains, slides, and backpacks.

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