Warren Moon, a former Edmonton Eskimos star who quarterbacked the team to five Grey Cup championships in the 1970s and 1980s, is facing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in a civil lawsuit filed this week by a woman who worked for a sports marketing firm that lists him as its president. She said she was hired as Moon's executive assistant in July and made weekly business trips with him.
According to the lawsuit, Haskell complained about the job requirements on multiple occasions, but was told by Moon that if she didn't want to do what was asked of her, then he'd "find someone else who was" willing.
The lawsuit against the 61-year-old Moon was filed Monday in Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court. After 17 years in the NFL, Moon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. The suit also says Moon grabbed her crotch in Seattle as well as pulling off her bathing suit after drugging her drink in a trip to Mexico in October.
The lawsuit says that, on October 6, Haskell told Moon that "while she loved working at S1M, she was very uncomfortable with the travel sleeping arrangements and shower protocol". It names Moon and his company, Sports 1 Marketing, as defendants.
In a statement late Wednesday, the Seahawks said Moon had requested a leave of absence from his role as the club's radio analyst.
Moon has had several public scandals with women and was sued by a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader for sexual harassment in 1995.
Moon played parts of 17 seasons in the National Football League with four teams: the Houston Oilers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs. Moon played for the Oilers from 1984 to 1993, setting numerous records along the way. Though his wife never ended up pressing charges, he was charged with assault but acquitted by the jury after Felicia claimed she started the fight. They divorced in 2001.
Additionally, Haskell alleges Moon once ripped her clothes off despite her objections. "She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol".