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The XFL had “no other qualified bids,” beyond Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s – NBC Sports – NFL

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So how did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his partners finagle the XFL’s carcass for only $15 million? Reportedly, there were no other viable buyers.

Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com reports that the court presiding over the XFL’s bankruptcy case wrote Monday that “no other Qualified Bids were received by the Bid Deadline.” Only two bids arrived before last week’s deadline for making offers, and only Johnson’s passed muster.

That explains the reason for the cancellation of Monday’s auction; there would have been only one bidder.

Kaplan reports that the committee of “unsecured creditors” have objected to the proposed sale, arguing that the terms are “generally inconsistent with market standards” and that the sales agreement includes the ability to claw back certain payments made in the 90-day and one-year periods, allegedly exceeding $60 million.

The purchase of the league requires court approval. Absent another entity offering more money for the XFL than The Rock and his partners, it’s hard to call the deal anything other than what it is: The best one available.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson asks Trump: ‘Where are you?’ in powerful speech – The Mercury News

Movie star and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has released a video calling out Donald Trump and bemoaning what he sees as a lack of presidential leadership amid the nation’s anguish and outrage over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

In the eight-minute-long video posted to his Instagram account, Johnson, a Hayward native, asked, “Where are you? Where is our leader? Where are you? Where is our leader at this time? At this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out just wanting to be heard.”

He also slammed the president’s use of military force on peaceful protestors:

“There is military force that has been deployed on our own people. Looters, yes. Criminals, absolutely. But on protesters, who are begging and pleading, our protesters who are in pain? You know, you would be surprised how people in pain would respond when you say to them, ‘I care about you.’ When you say to them, ‘I’m listening to you.’”

The Rock ends with a call for individuals to unite and become leaders on their own.

“As we continue to wait for that leader to emerge, I would recommend to all of you that we must become the leaders we are looking for. We become our own leaders because we’re doing it now. We’re doing it now. We must become the leaders we are looking for.”

You can view the video below:

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