Vince McMahon will undergo a jury trial next month after a lawsuit was brought against him.
When Vince McMahon first began to reboot the XFL franchise in 2018, Oliver Luck was hired to run the company. However, five weeks into the inaugural season, COVID-19 forced the company to cancel the remainder of their season. The XFL was forced to release their staff and filed for bankruptcy soon after.
Luck, a former NFL quarterback, was terminated from the company one day before suspending operations and laying off staff. He would sue McMahon shortly after, disputing his termination. Luck, whose annual salary was $5 million plus bonuses, claimed to be owed an additional $23.8 million. He is also claiming for damages and attorney fees.
McMahon also countersued Oliver Luck, claiming that the former commissioner had “knowingly and deliberately deceived” him on multiple occasions, in particular when it came to the signing of Antonio Callaway, who had been suspended in the NFL for substance abuse issues and credit card fraud. McMahon said that Luck was under obligation to provide him players with no previous issues, and the reason for his termination was that he failed to carry out these duties.
The countersuit also points to the signing of Martavis Bryant, formerly of the Pittsburgh Stealers. Bryant was suspended from the NFL in 2016 for violating a substance abuse policy.
Now, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, talks of a settlement between the two parties lasted only nine minutes before falling apart, leading to a trial being scheduled for next month.
“A settlement conference in the Oliver Luck litigation against Vince Mcmahon over compensation from Luck’s time running the XFL lasted nine minutes, according to the court docket. A trial is scheduled next month”
A settlement conference in the Oliver Luck litigation against Vince Mcmahon over compensation from Luck’s time running the XFL lasted nine minutes, according to the court docket. A trial is scheduled next month
— Daniel Kaplan (@KaplanSportsBiz) June 15, 2022
The XFL is set to relaunch in February 2023 after being acquired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners.
News of this upcoming trial comes in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that the WWE Chairman is being investigated by the WWE Board of Directors for allegedly paying $3 million to a former employee with whom he had an affair. Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis is also implicated in the report.