A California woman is suing Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon for alleged sexual misconduct and battery when she was employed at his sports marketing firm.
In the lawsuit filed Monday in Orange County, California, 32-year-old Wendy Haskell claims that Moon committed sexual battery after forcefully grabbing by the crotch during a business earlier this year in Seattle.
Wendy Haskell (L) accuses Warren Moon of sexual misconduct while she was employed at his sports marketing firm earlier this year
Quarterback Warren Moon poses with his bust after his induction during the Class of 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Haskell, who was hired at Moon’s firm, Spots 1 Marketing, in July as his executive assistant, claims she was also forced to wear ‘skimpy thong lingerie bottoms’ and share his bed during business trips.
The lawsuit claims that she was demoted three months later in October for complaining about Moon’s alleged inappropriate behavior at the firm, The Post reported.
A spokesperson for Spots 1 Marketing, which Moon co-founded in 2010, declined to comment on the allegations.
Moon, 61, has been involved in a number of controversies during his professional football career and later in retirement.
Diana Fitzgerald (pictured), Haskell’s lawyer, told The Washington Post that her client was ‘scared’ to go to the police, fearing it would hamper potential future prospects
In 1995, Moon was accused by a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader of sexual harassment during his brief tenure with the team.
In her lawsuit, she alleged Moon offered her money to sleep with him. The suit was later settled out of court.
In a domestic incident just two months later, Moon’s wife, Felicia, called the police to report that he chocked and slapped her following a dispute. The couple would later split in 2001 after being together for 20 years.
Moon began his career in the Canadian Football League, playing six years for the Edmonton Eskimos, winning the CFL’s rookie of the year in 1979.
He would play another 17 years in the National Football League, suiting up for the Houston Oilers from 1984 to 1993, along with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. Moon would finally call it quits in 2000, retiring at the age of 44.
Diana Fitzgerald, Haskell’s lawyer, told The Washington Post that her client was ‘scared’ to go to the police, fearing it would hamper potential future prospects.
‘She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry,’ Fitzgerald added. ‘She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol.’
Moon was inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2006 and serves as a color commentator on the Seahawks radio network.
Moon, 61, has been involved in a number of controversies during his professional football career and later in retirement including a domestic incident with his then wife, Felicia (pictured)