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.
According to multiple reports, Wendy Haskell, 32, who worked for Moon's Sports 1 Marketing company, filed a lawsuit against her former boss in Orange County, CA. alleging a pattern of sexual abuse perpetrated by the Hall of Fame QB.
Moon, 61, is now the color commentator for Seahawks games on the team's radio network.
Among the many allegations made in the claim are that she was made to sleep in the same bed as him on business trips and that on one occasion, Moon grabbed her crotch while she was sleeping. He's best known for putting up record passing numbers with the then Houston Oilers from 1984-1993, but also starred for Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City during a career that eventually landed him in Canton back in 2006.
Moon played 17 seasons in the National Football League, playing for the Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City and Houston Oilers.
Originally reported by The Washington Post, Haskell's lawsuit claims Moon, 61, required the plaintiff to wear certain types of underwear and share a bed with him on business trips.
Once named NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year, Moon's reputation has since taken a major hit. But his reputation was later marred by scandals involving women.
He was accused of sexual harassment in 1995 by a Vikings cheerleader and settled out of court. After Moon was arrested, he called his reaction to their argument a "tremendous mistake". Moon was acquitted of the charges after a jury spent less than a half-hour deliberating in 1996. The couple has been divorced since 2001.
Haskell declined to comment through her attorney, Diana Fitzgerald of Miami, Florida.
The Canadian Press does not normally name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Fitzgerald & Isaacson, the law firm representing Haskell, said its client had agreed to go public.
Moon has been accused of sexual harassment and domestic violence in the past. "I think she was scared", she said.
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