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Vince McMahon sued by former XFL commish for wrongful termination

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The fallout from Vince McMahon's sudden shuttering of the XFL started with the league filing for bankruptcy last week and continued Tuesday with news that the league's now-former commissioner is suing the WWE chairman.

According to The Athletic, lawyers for Oliver Luck filed a lawsuit against McMahon last week in Connecticut for unspecified damages due to a breach of their contract.

While the six page suit was heavily redacted, they surmised that a line that reads "Mr. Luck wholly disputes and rejects the allegations set forth in the Termination Letter and contends they are pretextual and devoid of merit" suggests Luck was fired for cause.

The Athletic also noted the suit says that McMahon's Alpha Entertainment filed to have the bankruptcy court reject "Certain Executive Contracts". That is assumed to mean Luck, and perhaps other executives, would be due none of their contracted salary. Luck was reportedly due $20 million over the life of his contract.

The 60-year-old is a former NFL quarterback who also was the first president and general manager of Houston's MLS team as well as an NCAA executive. He was hired by McMahon in 2018 to head up the XFL revival, but was relieved of his duties on April 9th, the day before the league laid off all employees and players.