Chris Bosh Brings Legal Heat to Basketball Wives

The NBA star cries foul over VH1’s hit reality show.

Posted: 05/03/2011 11:09 PM EDT
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Even in between seasons, the VH1 show Basketball Wives still causes a stir. This time it’s with a lawsuit initiated by NBA superstar Chris Bosh.

 

Allison Mathis, the mother of his child, is starring in the third season of Basketball Wives. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Miami Heat power forward is suing for infringement on his trademark and publicity rights.

 

Bosh claims that co-defendants Mathis and producer Shed Media are commercially exploiting his likeness and trademark. "The use of Plaintiff's name by Defendants is primarily commercial and not communicative," says the lawsuit. "Further, the show, Basketball Wives is not transformative, but rather the use, depiction, or imitation of celebrity NBA basketball players, including Plaintiff, is the very sum and substance of the show."

 

The lawsuit points out that the VH1 program doesn't actually show wives of basketball players, but rather women who are dating, have dated, or have been married to NBA players.

 

Bosh is seeking an injunction, disgorgement of profits and further damages.

 

He isn't the first NBA player to take a legal shot at VH1's Basketball Wives. Last year, Shaquille O'Neal—who is facing off against Bosh in the second round of the playoffs—threatened his own ex-wife, Shaunie, with legal action if his name was mentioned on the show.

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