Many prominent athletes in professional sports have nicknames these days, but few have a nickname like Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers that has been used so frequently in endorsements. Unfortunately for Kobe, the "Black Mamba" nickname isn't trademarked by the five-time NBA champion and might be given to another famous athlete/trainer according to TMZ on March 4:
There’s a major sports star who’s trying to get the rights to call himself the “Black Mamba” — only it’s not Kobe Bryant, it’s Floyd Mayweather’s uncle … who’s been using the nickname for decades.
TMZ Sports has learned … Roger Mayweather — a former boxing champ turned trainer — filed a trademark application with the U.S.P.T.O. hoping to win the rights to the mark, “Roger ‘Black Mamba’ Mayweather.”
Although Roger Mayweather is no longer a boxer and simply acts as a trainer for his nephew, Floyd Mayweather, among other fighters, the fact remains that he's intent on trademarking "Black Mamba."
Obviously, with Kobe having so much invested in the nickname, it'll be interesting to see what course of action the five-time NBA champion may take moving forward. Mayweather may have a large bank account due to the success of his nephew, but Kobe potentially stands to lose the use of the nickname that is so prevalent in endorsements with Nike.
There's been no indication thus far as to what Kobe's camp intends to do on the matter, but it'd be safe to say that Mayweather will not get the trademark without hearing form the NBA superstar first.
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