This week, the story of Vince McMahon firing former XFL CEO, Oliver Luck continued. In court, Vince’s lawyers argued about Vince firing Olver and stated that it was justified. Oliver was fired just before XFL ceased operations.
This is according to the Associated Press. A federal lawsuit was filed by Oliver on the 9th of April. Oliver claimed that Vince breached his contract and wants to sue him for $23.8 million. Vince’s lawyers defended him by stating that Oliver was not giving the appropriate amount of time to XFL.
In Vince’s defense, it was stated that 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 also allegedly ignored a directive from Vince which stated that he could not hire any player that had "questionable or problematic backgrounds" Oliver’s lawyer stated: "No one at the time said, 'Oliver you're not following XFL policy.'
Or sent him a notice letter, which would have been required under his contract”. Oliver is seeking at least $23.8 million in compensation which can be broken down as follows: $800,000 which was his base salary for the 2 months that still remained in his contract.
A $2 million bonus for the year 2019-2020. A further $21 million in salary and bonuses for the three years that remained in his contract. XFL was a professional football league and it ceased operations about one month ago.
XFL had to end operations after the COVID 19 pandemic hit. Originally, the league was supposed to actually continue operations and hold its 2021 season. That all ended when Vince filed for bankruptcy about a month ago.