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Kobe Bryant is still in the process of preparing for life after basketball aka “Business Kobe”, which means he’ll probably be filing a lot of paperwork in the next few months.
Known for the second half of his career most popularly as the “Black Mamba”, Bryant’s company Kobe Inc. is has filed to trademark the term “Black Mamba” in order for Bryant to own the name. The five-time champion plans to use the name on shirts, shoes and more merchandise. Via ESPN:
Kobe Inc., the business arm of recently retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, has filed to trademark his familiar nickname “Black Mamba.”
The company filed for the trademark May 2, a record with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows, with intent to use the nickname on everything from athletic apparel to sneakers.
Neither Bryant, nor Nike, who pays him to endorse its shoes and has used the nickname in marketing, ever has trademarked the term.
Bryant named himself after the venomous snake from Africa after seeing “Kill Bill,” whose main character goes by the nickname.
“I read up on the animal and said, ‘Wow, this is pretty awesome,'” Bryant told the New Yorker in 2014. “This is the perfect description of how I would want my game to be.”
“What I am when I step on that court, I become that, I am that killer snake,” he told Ahmad Rashad last year.
There are currently 13 registered trademarks for “Black Mamba,” including boxer Roger Mayweather, who is Floyd’s uncle.