Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon facing lawsuit for sexual harassment
Dec 07 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon used to grab his assistant's crotch without her consent, mandated that she sleep in his bed during business trips, and drugged her drink during a business trip in Mexico "because he thought she was not 'having fun, '" according to a lawsuit filed this week by the former assistant in a California court.
Moon is the president of Sports 1 Marketing, a company the he co-founded in 2010. She said Sports 1 Marketing demoted her when she made her superiors aware of Moon's actions.
Former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon is accused of sexually harassment and assault by his executive assistant in a lawsuit.
In 1989, he received the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his charitable works and excellence on the field. A Seahawks spokesperson released a statement on their Twitter account Wednesday night saying that they've accepted Moon's request for a leave of absence. But his reputation was later marred by scandals involving women.
Two months later, Moon was charged with hitting and choking his wife, Felicia. After Moon was arrested, he called his reaction to their argument a "tremendous mistake". He reconciled with his wife, who declined to press charges. Moon was acquitted of the charges after a jury spent less than a half-hour deliberating in 1996.
Three days later, Haskell reported Moon's behavior-the dress code, sleeping arrangements, touching, and unwanted sexual advances-to the company's CEO, David Melzer, according to the lawsuit. The couple has been divorced since 2001.
Haskell's attorney, Diana L. Fitzgerald, told the Washington Post that her client didn't report anything to police at the time because she was probably "scared".
Moon has been accused of sexual misconduct in the past.
"She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry", Fitzgerald said.
"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".