The Harlem Globetrotters, the famous globetrotting basketball superstars from Harlem, who wowed fans in the 1970s with their crazy-but-skilful on-court antics, are considering taking legal action against the owner of a satirical news website over the rights to their logo.
The Globetrotters logo/mascot is 'Globie', a character with a 'planet Earth globe' for its head, a logo that is also used by satirical news website, TheSpoof.com, although the latter calls its mascot 'Globey'.
Globetrotter spokesman, Al Rizzux, is angry that the Spoof has chosen to use the same iconic symbol for its logo, and said:
"Them using Globie for their site, which is silly, and promotes silliness, just makes the Globetrotters look silly as well. Silly bastards."
But Spoof owner, Mark Lowton, who admits to being a little bit silly, said:
"Whilst I admire their deft manipulation of a basketball, I would have them know that we will not be bullied by their bluster. Globey is our silly mascot, and he's staying our silly mascot!"
Things are currently at the discussion stage, but, I suppose, could get ugly.
Police are not investigating.