The battle between XFL owner Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck continued to heat up this week, with McMahon claiming his former CEO abandoned his duties as the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the alternative football league’s regular season, used a company-issued iPhone for personal use, and signed troubled players. Luck, a former NCAA and NFL executive, was hired by McMahon to run the fledgling league in June 2018. The league launched on Feb. 8, but canceled its season on March 12 because of the pandemic. On April 9, a day before the rest of the league’s employees were let go, the XFL fired Luck for what they said was cause, claiming “gross negligence” and a “willful disregard of the lawful instructions of Mr. McMahon” concerning his duties as CEO.
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