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Vince McMahon argues Oliver Luck was fired from XFL for cause

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The legal battle between XFL owner Vince McMahon and former commissioner Oliver Luck shows no signs of slowing down.

McMahon’s attorneys responded to Luck’s wrongful termination lawsuit Wednesday by claiming that the former commissioner was fired for cause. Three examples were cited, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.

The first was that Luck “abandoned his responsibilities” at the start of the coronavirus pandemic by leaving the XFL’s offices and not devoting his time to the league. McMahon also claims that Luck signed wide receiver Antonio Callaway and refused to release him when McMahon ordered it, as well as personal use of an XFL-issued iPhone.

Luck is seeking what he says was a promised payout from McMahon after being fired as commissioner. McMahon’s response that Luck was fired with cause would invalidate those payments.

This is a pretty pathetic ending for the XFL, as McMahon’s second attempt to create a pro football league has gone little better than his first.

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