1:08 PM PT -- Vince McMahon says he has his "reasons" for firing Luck -- and he's digging in his heels.
In fact, Vince issued a statement through his attorney, Jerry McDevitt of K&L Gates ... and it's clear, he's ready for war.
"Oliver Luck's services as Commissioner and CEO of The XFL were terminated by a letter sent to him on Apr. 9, 2020 which explained the reasons for the termination."
"As to the lawsuit he filed, his allegations will be disputed and the position of Mr. McMahon will be set forth in our response to his lawsuit."
The league is dead ... but the XFL's behind-the-scenes drama is very much alive!
Oliver Luck -- who was the highly touted commissioner and CEO of the new XFL -- has sued Vince McMahon claiming he was wrongfully terminated after the league folded up shop.
In his suit, Luck -- father of NFL star Andrew Luck -- says he received a termination letter spelling out the case against him on April 9. Luck says the allegations are pure BS and he denies any wrongdoing.