OKLAHOMA CITY – Police busted a local business for allegedly selling NBA knockoffs.
Prosecutors say the fake Oklahoma City Thunder gear was being sold from a business along S. Western Ave.
On Thursday, criminal felony charges were filed against the store’s owner.
Thunder Up Custom Screenprinting is accused selling counterfeit Thunder t-shirts that may violate trademark laws, infringing on the team’s logo and colors.
“The Thunder logo means a lot to us,” said Dan Mahoney, the Oklahoma City Thunder spokesman.
Officials with the Thunder prefer that fans buy officially licensed Thunder items.
“If our fans are going to wear merchandise, we want them to wear the best to proudly display their love of the team,” said Mahoney.
According to court records, investigators seized 235 counterfeit t-shirts from the store.
Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, of course, is a source of civic pride.
Officials with the team have some advice for fans wanting to show their team spirit.
“I think the bottom line is you don’t want to buy from somebody who’s breaking the law,” said Mahoney.
During the raid, police also claim to have found drugs and guns inside the store.
Because the suspect is a convicted felon, he’s facing charges for both those crimes as well.