Warren Moon on leave from Seahawks broadcast amid sexual harassment allegation

  • Warren Moon on leave from Seahawks broadcast amid sexual harassment allegation

Warren Moon on leave from Seahawks broadcast amid sexual harassment allegation

Wendy Haskell, 32, said that the 61-year-old Moon made "unwanted and unsolicited" sexual advances toward her while she was working for Sports 1 Marketing as Moon's assistant.

"Mr. Moon contends these claims are meritless, and he has every intention to vigorously defend himself in court".

The Seahawks did not immediately return a request for comment.

He is now a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks, but has taken a leave of absence, according to the Seattle Times. She said she was hired as Moon's executive assistant in July and made weekly business trips with him.

Haskell alleges she was required to keep the bathroom door unlocked when she showered and that Moon repeatedly entered the room. She frequently traveled with Moon for speaking engagements, charity events and other meetings, according to the lawsuit.

After news of Haskell's lawsuit against Moon broke Wednesday afternoon, the Seahawks issued a statement granting Moon a leave of absence and replacing him with Dave Wyman on their radio broadcast of this Sunday's Seahawks game in Jacksonville, Fla.

She also claimed in the lawsuit that Moon drugged her drink during a business trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

"Whenever [the assistant] expressed reservations about these outrageous "job duties, ' Moon insisted this was "just the way it is, ' and threatened [the assistant] that unless she was 'comfortable" with him, he'd 'find someone else who was.' Moon insisted these 'requirements" were part of the job, and made clear that [the assistant]'s employment depended on her acceptance and compliance with Moon's lascivious behavior, demands and orders".

Moon played 17 seasons in the National Football League, playing for the Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City and Houston Oilers. The case was settled out of court.

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. Authorities charged Moon, anyway, but Moon was acquitted after Felicia testified she provoked the scuffle. The couple divorced in 2001 to end a 20-year marriage.

If he is found guilty in this case, Moon could also face disciplinary measures from both the Seattle Seahawks and the league under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

Fitzgerald told The Washington Post that Haskell did not report any of Moon's conduct, including the alleged sexual battery, to police. Haskell also says she was demoted after making the complaints.