Vince McMahon: Oliver Luck Was Fired From XFL for "Gross Neglect" & Other Reasons


-- According to an article by The Sports Business Daily, Vince McMahon's lawyers are contending that former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck was fired days before the league folded due to "gross neglect" (among other reasons) as a court filing today related to Luck's lawsuit against McMahon specified.

-- McMahon is contending that Luck not only “gross neglect” of his job during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, but also for his personal use of a league-issued iPhone and the signing former NFLer Antonio Callaway despite McMahon’s orders to avoid players with troubled legal histories.

1. Luck left the XFL's Connecticut HQ for his home in Indiana on March 13 and “disengage[d] from the XFL’s operations,” according to the filing. McMahon further claims Luck did not inform him of his intentions. "Put simply, at the very moment when his leadership as CEO was needed most, Luck did not devote substantially all of his business time to the XFL, as required by his contract.”
2. 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. The filing continues on that “Luck failed to promptly terminate Callaway in accordance with McMahon’s instructions,” and then Callaway injured his knee in a Tampa Bay Vipers practice, which triggered medical costs and worker’s compensation costs for the startup. "The cost to the XFL of this episode of gross negligence was in excess of six figures,” McMahon’s filing reads.
3. Luck used his league-issued iPhone for personal matters.