Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon Sued for Sexual Harassment

San Francisco in 2016. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

San Francisco in 2016. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

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. Haskill is accusing him of requiring her to sleep in the bed with him on road trips, along with slipping a drug into her drink and pulling down her bathing suit top in October, and also grabbing her crotch on a different trip, according to The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock.

The lawsuit was filed in California against Moon and his company, Sports 1 Marketing, and according to Haskell's lawyer, the defendants have 30 days to respond upon being served.

Moon was accused of striking his then wife, Felicia Moon, on the head with an open hand and choking her to the point that she nearly lost consciousness before she escaped from the couple's home in July 1995. The Seahawks' games are broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3.

Also, in 1995 he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit out of court with a then Minnesota Vikings cheerleader, according to a story from the New York Times, by Thomas George.

Moon told reporters that the couple had an argument and that he had made "a tremendous mistake".

Haskell claims that Moon wanted her to wear thong underwear and share his bed during business trips. 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.

The former Oilers great and Canadian Football League legend told her she had to comply to retain her job and "his prior assistant accepted the same arrangement", the lawsuit says. Moon and his wife divorced in 2001.

The Seahawks did not immediately return a request for comment.

Haskell declined to comment through her attorney, Diana Fitzgerald of Miami, Florida.

Fitzgerald said Haskell did not report any of Moon's conduct, including the alleged sexual battery, to police.

"Whenever Ms. Haskell expressed reservations about these outrageous "job duties", Moon insisted this was "just the way it is", and threatened Ms. Haskell that unless she was "comfortable" with him, he'd "find someone else who was".