Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former female employee of his sports marketing firm.
According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County (California) Superior Court in December 2017, Wendy Haskell said Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances toward her while she was an employee of Sports 1 Marketing.
Moon co-founded Sports 1 Marketing in 2010 and, according the company’s website, remains its president. Haskell was Moon’s assistance.
Haskell accused Moon of grabbing her crotch before pulling off her bathing suit and forced her to sleep in his bed wearing thong underwear. Moon denied the allegations.
After the accusations were made public, Moon took a leave of absence from his job as a radio analyst for the Seattle Seahawks.
According to court records, Haskell requested the case be dismissed with prejudice in July.
“Both sides realized the appropriate thing to do was to settle with my client,” Diana L. Fitzgerald, Haskell’s attorney, said in an interview with the Washington Post. “We’re very pleased with the settlement and believe justice is served.”
The Washington Post sent an e-mail to Moon’s attorney that hasn’t been returned.
Moon was the subject of a lawsuit in May 1995 while he was a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. A Vikings cheerleader accused him of offering her cash in exchange for sex. The lawsuit was settled out of court. That same year, Moon was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse against his then-wife, Felicia. He was acquitted after Felicia Moon refused to cooperate with investigators and testified she initiated violence against him. The couple divorced in 2001.
The Washington Post typically doesn’t post the names of alleged victims of sexual assault but Haskell agreed to go public.
“I consider it a win for my client and all women who have to endure any form of harassment in the workplace,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m proud of my client’s unwavering courage and clarity throughout the case.”
Moon, 62, had a 23-year career (1978-2000) as a quarterback. He spent six seasons in the Canadian Football League leading the Edmonton Eskimos to five Grey Cups with two Grey Cup MVPs. He entered the NFL in 1984, playing for the Houston Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. Moon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.