Steve Nash is asking his former business partners to stop using his name.
The papers have been filed in B.C. Supreme Court and the former NBA star is seeking an injunction to prevent his name or image from being used in 21 fitness facilities.
A company owned by Steve Nash claims a company operating 21 gyms breached a contract by continuing to use his name.
In May of 2013, when Mark Mastrov purchased the Sacramento Kings, the NBA bylaws stated he couldn’t continue business with Nash, who played for the L.A. Lakers at the time.
A year later, Nash alleges Mastrov transferred all his shares to the company operating Steve Nash Fitness World without notifying him.
Since then Nash says he’s received no compensation.
In a statement, Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club says it is confident it will establish before the courts that it has every right to use the former NBA star’s name in their business.
The company says it has nothing but respect for the Victoria native, however it is saddened Nash proceeded to litigation “without first raising any of these issues” with it directly.
That statement goes on to say they’re confident with their legal position they have the lawful and exclusive right to use Nash’s name, voice, signature, and image within B.C. in the operation of their business.
The release notes that media reports on the legal dispute, “… do not tell the complete story and contain legal inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and erroneous statements.”
None of the allegations has been proven in court.