Oliver Luck sues Vince McMahon

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The XFL is gone (again), but it won’t be forgotten. For reasons other than nostalgia.

Former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck has sued XFL owner Vince McMahon for wrongful termination, according to Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com.

The lawsuit, as interpreted by Kaplan, suggests that Luck (who reportedly had a $20 million guaranteed contract) was terminated for cause, based on this line: “Mr. Luck wholly disputes and rejects the allegations set forth in the Termination Letter and contends they are pretextual and devoid of merit.”

The XFL ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy due to the premature termination of the 2020 season, resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The notion that Luck did something to justify being fired for cause one day before the league disbanded operations and laid off most if not all employees is highly coincidental at best, flat-out false at worst.

Luck’s complaint was filed with both the termination letter and the response to it sealed from view. Because court proceedings are inherently public in nature, those letters eventually will be disclosed — unless the case resolves before the court compels the release of the documents.

Because the XFL has filed for bankruptcy, Luck’s recovery from the league itself likely would be limited. By suing McMahon directly, Luck would (if his legal claims are viable) have a better chance at getting his money.

Ultimately, the case will be driven by the language of the contract, any testimony needed for the proper interpretation of the parties’ intent, and evidence regarding whatever it is that Luck allegedly did to justify being fired separate and apart from the layoffs triggered by the pandemic. With $20 million in play, it’s easy to understand why Luck is enforcing his rights, and why McMahon surely will exercise his right to defend himself.

38 responses to “Oliver Luck sues Vince McMahon

  1. What else would you expect from the WWE and Vince McMahon? Most of us saw this coming from day 1 of 2.0. Good riddance WWE football.

  2. In the world of professional wrestling Vince is known to be fairly ruthless so this does not surprise me at all.

  3. Vince knows how to work the legal system to his advantage he’s been doing it his entire life, so I see a settlement for a lot less than what was owed coming out of this

  4. If the termination letter stated only “YOUUUUU’REEEEE FIRRRRRRRRREDDDD”…Oliver may just have a case.

  5. The WWE is fake so anything and everything Vince does is fake.

    I have no idea how the WWE succeeds and people actually watch it

  6. redskinsfan29 says:

    April 21, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    In the world of professional wrestling Vince is known to be fairly ruthless so this does not surprise me at all.

    Yeah just a matter of does Luck accept something less than $20 million to go away or does he take this thing the distance. I think they both know he will win if it goes to court, so it’s a matter of how long can/will he wait to get his money.

  7. Why would you trust anyone who has made piles of money from other people beating each other up?

  8. Fake wrestling. Fake contracts. McMahon should run for president. He’d probably win.

  9. McMahon has always been shady. This should surprise no one–and Luck should have expected it. Even so, I hope Luck gets every penny he’s owed.

  10. McMahon operates under the same ruthless business principle that Trump and other wealthy operators have used throughout their careers. Other people, businesses, and contracts don’t matter. Actually, it’s a similar business principle used by the Mafia and drug cartels.

  11. ipskipskyblue says:

    April 21, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    The WWE is fake so anything and everything Vince does is fake.

    I have no idea how the WWE succeeds and people actually watch it
    ——-
    As opposed to all those half hour sitcoms, dramas and scifi shows that are 100% real?

  12. So if the company folded and filed for bankruptcy protection. Lucks lawsuit is worthless.

  13. Oliver doesn’t EXPECT to get 20 million…BUT by sueing VInce directly he’ll get 3 or 4 to just go away.

  14. The WWE freely admits that the outcomes of the events is decided ahead of time. I don’t understand why anyone watches it.

  15. Maybe Luck’s son can spare him some of his money he got for doing nothing.

    – Colts fan

  16. jimmygeewhiz says:
    April 21, 2020 at 1:52 pm
    Why would you trust anyone who has made piles of money from other people beating each other up?
    +++
    Are you talking about WWE? Or is it the NFL, NHL, MMA, or boxing?

  17. bummer I was cheering for the XFL but I definitely would’ve done somethings different. For starters I would’ve had Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts and maybe even Joe Burrow getting paid a ton to play in the XFL. It really needed a little more star power.

  18. “Hey Joe, it’s Mike, you want to meet over at the golf course to discuss the case, we can play 18, eat lunch, have some drinks, and bill our clients $1,500.00 an hour”

  19. So many Vinny Mac and wrestling haters in here. Imagine being a grown man worshipping football players but then being like “psh wrestling is fake and soo dumb” – y’all stan for pro sports tho… probably own jerseys of people younger than you…

  20. Luck stupid if he didn’t get a personal guarantee for that $20M from Vince himself. Then the xfl bankruptcy wouldn’t matter. He’s screwed otherwise.

    Bankruptcy laws. More Socialist laws that hypocrite republicans love.

  21. This really demonstrates what a lousy person McMahon is. Totally screws all these people over and doesn’t even want to pay them.

  22. McMahon is as fake as pro wrestling. If Luck had a smart agent/lawyer, he has a personal services contract (which seems to be the case – otherwise, why would McMahon fire him for cause when the league folded due to COVID-19? If his contract was with the league, just close up shop and wish him well. No need to fire anybody.

  23. This league was great and exactly what NFL fans wanted after the season ended. Let’s bring this back and with the NFL this league will be great again!!!

    Go St Louis Battlehawks!!

  24. If Luck was improperly terminated for cause before the league went bankrupt, does that put him closer to the front of the line in bankruptcy court?

  25. Some on here must have missed the part of the article where it pointed out that Luck is suing McMahon, and NOT the XFL. This would separate his case from XFLs bankruptcy case and go straight for McMahons assets.

  26. “For starters I would’ve had Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts and maybe even Joe Burrow getting paid a ton to play in the XFL. It really needed a little more star power.”
    ____________

    So, your business plan for the league that has now failed TWICE due to lack of revenue would have been to pay a “ton” for players? Guaranteed that if they’d been profitable prior to COVID that they would have went into hiatus until next season. Shutting it down is McMahon admitting they were losing money on a large scale. Which shouldn’t shock anyone given how quickly the AAF went down the tubes for that precise same reason.

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