Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback accused of sexual harassment

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback accused of sexual harassment

A California woman who worked for a sports marketing firm led by Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that the retired football star required her to wear thong underwear and share his bed during business trips. That same month, the lawsuit claims, Moon pulled off Haskell's bathing suit after slipping a drug into her drink during a trip to Mexico. It names Moon and his company, Sports 1 Marketing, as defendants.

While Haskell, 32, declined to comment on the pending lawsuit, her attorney, Diana Fitzgerald, said Haskell never went to the police with her accusations against Moon because she "was scared" and seeking to "further her career in the sports marketing industry".

This is not the first time that Moon has been accused of misconduct towards women.

In May 1995, he was sued by a Vikings cheerleader who accused him of sexual harassment, alleging that he offered her cash for sex.

Moon started for the Huskies for three seasons, leading them to a Rose Bowl win after the 1977 season.

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Moon, 61, was involved in a handful of controversies during his National Football League playing days with the Houston Oilers (now the Titans), where he starred as quarterback from 1984-93, and with the Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs before retiring in 2000.

Moon is now in his 13th season as a game analyst on the Seahawks' radio team.

His Edmonton Eskimos won consecutive five Grey Cups and though his US teams never won a title, he was named to nine Pro Bowls and set several single-season passing records in a less pass-happy era than now.

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. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1996 he was acquitted on charges that he physically abused his now ex-wife Felicia. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made "unwanted and unsolicited" sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant.

Global News called Sports 1 Marketing twice for comment on Wednesday but on both occasions were told nobody was available to speak. The couple divorced in 2001. "She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol".

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