Crips LLC has issued an official apology to the family and fans of the late Nipsey Hussle. The gang had made attempts to trademark Hussle’s signature phrase “The Marathon Continues” but have decided to discontinue the trademark process, apologizing for any issues that they may have caused.
The phrase was also being trademarked by Nipsey’s brother, Blacc Sam, causing a small issue (no malice) between the family, fans, and the gang. “There will absolutely be no trademark legal battle between their organization and Blacc Sam, brother of the late Nipsey Hussle,” William King Hollis, the corporate communications director for the Crips LLC shared with The Blast. Hollis went on to apologize to fans and inform them that they have already spoken with the family on the issue.
In the statement the gang says, “We are deeply sorry for any disruptions and melee that the trademark acquisition may have caused to his family, friends and fans.We realize that our actions may have been offensive and we have reached out to his family, respectively Nips sister, Samantha Smith.”
The trademark was filed on May 16th by Crips LLC and the gang intended to use it for “conducting youth sports programs; Concert booking; Developing educational manuals for others in the field of community organizing, gang prevention, gang intervention” and more. Hollis also shared that he and Hussle had plans for phrase which is the reason for their attempt to trademark it.