Sue Bird sues Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson over XFL logo copyright

Basketball icon Sue Bird has followed through on her threat to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the XFL over claims the American Football League copied her brand logo.

In April, WNBA star Bird and his wife, American football superstar Megan Rapinoe, threatened to sue Johnson and the football league he is relaunching, claiming their branding was similar to the media brand “TOGETHXR “, which Bird co-founded.

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According to TMZ, TOGETHXR filed a lawsuit on Thursday, claiming the XFL logo is “akin to confusion with TOGETHXR’s trademark and logo.”

The suit, which named the XFL but did not directly name Johnson, places the logos side by side to indicate similarities, the New York Post reports.

TOGETHXR’s lawyers say they have made “repeated attempts” to reach out to the XFL over the dispute, but the football league “has not acknowledged that it has trampled on TOGETHXR’s rights.”

Below is the original TogethXR logo, which Rapinoe and Bird say was ripped off.

The original TogethXR logo existed long before that of the XFL.Source: Supplied

TOGETHXR is a lifestyle and culture brand co-founded by Bird, American football star Alex Morgan and Olympic gold medalists Simone Manuel and Chloe Kim.

When this issue first surfaced in April, Rapinoe weighed in.

“Welp. This is embarrassing,” Rapinoe tweeted at the time, along with a screenshot of LinkedIn’s XFL brand ad.

“The only thing @TheRock and @XFL2023 will cook up is a response to Cease and Desist and a WHOLE new brand identity. @togethxr got that on lock boys.

Johnson, who has yet to publicly address the issue, led an ownership group that purchased the XFL in bankruptcy court for $21 million from WWE supremo Vince McMahon in 2020.

The wrestling icon turned Hollywood star has bought the American Football League in partnership with his ex-wife Dany Garcia and investment firm RedBird Capital Partners.

The XFL was first established in 2001 but only lasted one season before McMahon relaunched the league in 2020. Covid-19 forced the season to be suspended for just five weeks and cash flow problems have saw WWE boss Alpha Entertainment’s private company file for bankruptcy. in April two years ago.

The Football League returns in 2023, with a recently announced TV deal with Disney’s ABC and ESPN.

Megan Rapinoe (left) Sue Bird was quick to act after seeing the XFL mark. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Rock may have to go back to the drawing board. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

This story first appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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