Vince McMahon argues Oliver Luck was sacked from XFL for cause
- Author: Delia Davidson May 15, 2020,
May 15, 2020, 0:25
Luck signed former National Football League player Antonio Callaway, who played wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, to a draft contract promising him a $125,000 signing bonus, allegedly without informing McMahon.
Vince McMahon folded the XFL's 2020 reboot months after the first kickoff.
Luck left the XFL's headquarters in CT for his home in IN on March 13 and "disengage [d] from the XFL's operations". Luck sued the league founder McMahon on April 16 for the value of his contract arguing he was sacked without cause, but heavily redacted much of the complaint, including the reasons McMahon gave for terminating Luck and how much he was suing over.
The Luck-McMahon partnership was thought to be a reason the XFL could succeed in its second incarnation. McMahon further claims Luck did not inform him of his intentions.
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The crux of the argument for McMahon, as XFL owner, was summarized like this: Luck "effectively abandoned his responsibilities as the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL at a time when the league faced its most significant crisis - the threat to its business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic".
Luck signed Callaway, a former Browns WR, to a draft contract promising a $125,000 signing bonus without informing McMahon, even though he was aware that McMahon asked for final approval rights to any player with a questionable background.
McMahon hired Luck - who had been working for the NCAA - as XFL commissioner in May 2018.
Luck's attorney, Paul Dobrowski, said those allegations are without merit and that Luck has detailed all the work he did for the XFL during the time in question.
The XFL has been up for sale since filing for bankruptcy.
If Vince McMahon tried to save face by having this letter released so he looks like the victim, it sure has backfired.