The litigious drama between Vince McMahon and ex-XFL commissioner Oliver Luck continued this week as McMahon filed a countersuit to Luck’s lawsuit against the entertainment magnate from April.
In his countersuit, filed Thursday in Connecticut federal court and obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday, the wrestling and entertainment magnate claims Luck defied his orders when it came to hiring league personnel and said the former commissioner essentially abandoned his duties when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to suspend play in mid-March, five weeks into its first season.
Luck sued McMahon in April for wrongful termination, one week after McMahon fired him with cause. Luck’s contract called for a $5 million annual salary and a yearly $2 million bonus through June 30, 2023, and Luck has said he is owed the $23.8 million remainin, on top of other damages and attorney fees. In the countersuit, McMahon argues Luck did not heed his direction when it came to the signing of former NFL wide receiver Antonio Callaway by the Tampa Bay Vipers. McMahon said he emphasized to Luck that the XFL player pool must include “quality football players with good character.