Wanda Pratt, Kevin Durant's mom, wears a shirt that is now officially not illegal. (AP)Welcome back to Ball Don't Lie, your one-stop shop for news on legal strife related to NBA-related terms and phrases. Next up: The end of the road for a remarkably ill-considered lawsuit over ownership of a commonly yelled phrase that made its way to the Supreme Court, because sometimes the things that make America great also make it the worst.
Area man Charles A. Syrus wrote a song in support of the Oklahoma City Thunder back in 2007, as the then-Seattle SuperSonics were readying their southeast move. It reportedly included such pithy, original phrases as, "Let's go, Thunder." As the Thunder became a thing, that phrasing — the likes of which had never before been seen or uttered anywhere, one would suspect — became an integral part of supporting the club, appearing on T-shirts, on signs, in chants ... heck, everywhere, it seemed!
This, of course, left Syrus no choice but to seek compensation for the fruits of his ceaseless and immeasurable mind labors, so he filed suit against the Thunder's owners — Clay Bennett was the named defendant in the complaint — seeking somewhere between 20 percent and 30 percent of the team's "net gross." The argument? That any signage, clothing and cheers used by Oklahoma City's fans, cheerleaders and mascot that included the phrases "Go Thunder" or "Let's Go Thunder" infringed on Syrus' copyright, since he had totally made those things up out of thin air and whole cloth using his own innate and unique brilliance.Read More »from U.S. Supreme Court rejects man’s copyright claim on phrase ‘Let’s go Thunder,’ because duh