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By | July 3, 2017

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Nike has fired back at one of its top spokesmen, saying that his logo is too much like that of the Jordan brand.

Earlier this month, the shoe and apparel giant filed a formal opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board, saying a logo of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in silhouette spiking a football could be confused with its Air Jordan Jumpman logo that it has used since November 1987.

“We hope to work this out to everyone’s satisfaction,” a Nike spokesperson said Friday.

In April 2016, Gronkowski’s company, Gronk Nation L.L.C., filed to trademark the logo for use on clothing and exercise equipment.

Gronkowski’s team has until Aug. 5 to respond or risk abandoning the filing. If nothing is resolved, the two sides will battle over the mark.

“My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today,” said attorney Troy Carnrite, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, which represents the Gronkowski family. “We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”

Gronkowski not only wears Nike cleats on the field, but his uniform is also adorned with swooshes, as the company has official NFL uniform rights.

Rob Gronkowski might be in trouble, and this time it’s for entirely business reasons. Nike is not happy that his logo looks a bit too much like a certain Michael Jordan logo you might recognize.

In April of last year, Gronkowski filed a trademark application for Gronk Nation L.L.C. The logo was to be used on clothing and exercise equipment.

But according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, last month the shoe monolith filed a formal comlpaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board claiming that the logo looked too similar to the Jumpman that Nike has used for its Jordan Brand merchandise for nearly two decades.

Here are the logos in question.

Indeed, both silhouettes feature humans with sports balls, and when you put them in monochrome it’s easy to see the similarities.

Bnd it’s not like Gronkowski is anti-Nike. He’s appeared in Nike commercials and wears Nike cleats on the field, and Nike also supplies jerseys for the NFL. He even had a signature shoe come out for the company last year. So it’s not like this will devolve into all-out war here.

Gronkowski’s lawyer doesn’t seem too concerned about this.

“My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today,” said attorney Troy Carnrite, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, which represents the Gronkowski family. “We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.”

It’s good that this won’t spiral out of control, but I think Gronk’s lawyer would be hard-pressed to prove that the Gronkowski brand is one of “the most recognizable brands in sports today.” He’s definitely behind LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand in that regard.