Luka Dončić’s mother, Mirjam Poterbin, is a former model and entrepreneur
NBA star Luka Dončić is currently embroiled in a legal battle with his mother, Mirjam Poterbin, over the trademarking of his name.
The Dallas Mavericks player would have petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain control of its name and trademark. The basketball player gave his mother permission in 2018 to register his name, but he wants it revoked now.
Luka, who is currently playing in the EuroBasket championships for his native Slovenia, has been brilliant on the pitch. He accumulated 47 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, helping his team beat France in the September 7 game.
However, behind the scenes, the NBA star has family challenges to deal with.
Meet Luka Dončić’s mother, Mirjam Poterbin
Luka’s mother, Mirjam, has been a constant throughout her son’s rise to basketball fame. She is often seen supporting him from the touchline in his games
The basketball star was born to Sasa Dončić and Mirjam on February 28, 1999 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
While her father was a well-known professional basketball player at the time, her mother was a model.
Essentially Sporty reports that Mirjam, born in 1976, participated in the Miss Slovenia pageant in 1993.
The winner that year was model Metka Albreht.
Despite losing the contest, Mirjam went on to host Wheel of Fortune, according to Cosmopolitan Metropolitan.
Luka’s parents divorced when he was just nine years old, and mum Mirjam won the custody battle. After her short career in the modeling business, she opened a beauty salon with her mother.
Mirjam is a star herself now.
The mother-of-one, who moved to Dallas to support her son’s NBA career, has more than 53,000 followers on instagram and has even modeled for Juventas Clinic and The Lie by JPZ.
Her Instagram is filled with photos of her son’s accomplishments.
Dallas Mavericks star embroiled in legal battle with mother
Speaking about her relationship with her son, Mirjam once said European hoops: “Our relationship is very good because he has his own life, I have my own life, but we help each other as much as we can.”
However, mother and son are now embroiled in a legal battle.
Journalist Mark Stein recently reported that Luka has filed a motion to cancel the trademark registration of “LUKA DONCIC 7”, which is currently owned by his mother.
“I have a lot to look forward to as I continue to grow as a player and as a person and it’s important for me to be in control of my own brand and focus on giving back to my communities,” said the basketball star in a statement on The Stein line.
Luka gave his consent to register his full name as a trademark to his mother in 2018, during his rookie season at the age of 19. Now 23, he wants to revoke that.
According to his lawyers, as Stein reports, Luka sent a written notice in July 2021, expressing his wish to revoke this consent.
The player’s first attempts to register “LUKA DONCIC” as a trademark were refused due to the existence of the trademark “LUKA DONCIC 7”.
Stein reports that her mother, Mirjam, refused to relinquish control of the brand.
Luka is no longer affiliated with the LD77 brand which, according to Slovenian Public Archivesis managed by his mother and his partner.
Luka’s father is also a successful basketball player
Luka’s father, Sasa, is a former professional player and coach. He last served with Sentjur in the Slovenian League.
The 47-year-old played in Slovenia, Serbia and France during his peak basketball days.
Sasa also won two Slovenian Premier League championships and three Slovenian Cups.
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