Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon sued for sexual harassment

Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon sued for sexual harassment

The report said a spokesperson for Moon's company, Sports 1 Marketing of Irvine, Calif., did not return phone calls or an email seeking comment.

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.

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Though Moon has been accused of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse before, this is the first time he has gone under the spotlight in the post-Weinstein era of hyper-awareness towards powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women. He is now a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks, but has taken a leave of absence, according to the Seattle Times.

According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired as an executive assistant to Moon in the summer of 2017. He then ventured to the National Football League and made nine Pro Bowls, throwing for 49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns and 233 interceptions in 17 National Football League seasons with the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and Seahawks. The lawsuit alleges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wearing lingerie.

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Wendy Haskell, 32, has filed a suit alleging that Moon regularly groped her and harassed her when she was traveling with him for speaking engagements, charity events, and other appearances. When she asked if he put something in her drink, Moon admitted to doing so, she said, telling her he did so because he thought she wasn't "having fun". She also claims Moon pulled off her swimsuit during the Mexico trip.

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. When Haskell refused, she claims Moon told her she had to comply to keep her job and that "his prior assistant accepted the same arrangement". Haskell says she was demoted after making the complaints. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. "She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry". Moon played six years in the Canadian Football League after starring at the University of Washington. "She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol".

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