Moon ac­cused of sex­ual harassment

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Hall of Fame quar­ter­back War­ren Moon has been ac­cused of sex­ual harassment by an as­sis­tant for his sports mar­ket­ing firm, ac­cord­ing to a Cal­i­for­nia law­suit.

The law­suit was filed Mon­day in Or­ange County Su­pe­rior Court.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Wendy Haskell al­leges Moon made “un­wanted and un­so­licited” sex­ual ad­vances while she worked for Sports 1 Mar­ket­ing. Moon is the co-founder and pres­i­dent of the com­pany.

A call by The As­so­ci­ated Press to Moon’s agent, Leigh Stein­berg, was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The Washington Post first re­ported on the law­suit Wed­nes­day. The 61-year-old Moon has been work­ing as a ra­dio com­men­ta­tor for the Seat­tle Seahawks.

The team an­nounced that day it had “ac­cepted War­ren Moon’s re­quest for a leave of ab­sence as the club’s ra­dio an­a­lyst.”

Moon played parts of 17 sea­sons in the NFL with Hous­ton, Min­nesota, Seat­tle and Kansas City.

Ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, Haskell was hired as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Moon in the sum­mer of 2017.

The law­suit al­leges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wear­ing lin­gerie.

Haskell says in the law­suit she com­plained about the ar­range­ment but Moon re­sponded “this was the way it was.”

Haskell con­tended she was drugged by Moon dur­ing a trip to Mex­ico in Oc­to­ber.

The law­suit al­leges that Moon ac­knowl­edged drug­ging Haskell be­cause he thought she wasn’t “hav­ing fun.” She also claims Moon pulled off her swim­suit dur­ing the Mex­ico trip.

The law­suit claims Haskell was re­quired to keep the bath­room door un­locked while she show­ered and Moon re­peat­edly en­tered the room.

The law­suit claims that Haskell re­ported Moon’s be­hav­ior to Sports 1 Mar­ket­ing CEO David Meltzer but the com­pany did not in­ves­ti­gate her claims. Haskell says she was de­moted af­ter mak­ing the com­plaints.

Moon threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touch­downs in the reg­u­lar sea­son and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

The former Uni­ver­sity of Washington star led the team to a 1978 Rose Bowl vic­tory. He went un­drafted by the NFL and led Edmonton to five Cana­dian Foot­ball League ti­tles.

He be­came one of the NFL’s first suc­cess­ful black quar­ter­backs, start­ing his ca­reer with the Oil­ers in the 1984 sea­son.

Browns fire VP

One win in two sea­sons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jack­son is keep­ing his — for now.

Win­less with four weeks left in an­other dis­mal sea­son, the Cleve­land Browns fired Brown on Thurs­day, jet­ti­son­ing their top foot­ball ex­ec­u­tive who was un­able to im­prove the volatile fran­chise enough to sat­isfy own­ers Dee and Jimmy Haslam.

Jack­son, though, is safe and will re­turn for the 2018 sea­son de­spite a 1-27 record.

Ex­tra points

Bills rookie cor­ner­back Tre’Davi­ous White ac­cused Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski of be­ing a dirty player for blind­sid­ing him in the back of the head.

As for the NFL is­su­ing Gronkowski a one-game sus­pen­sion for the hit last Sun­day, White turned away from the tele­vi­sion cam­eras and mut­tered: “It’s a joke, dog.”

... Bills coach Sean McDer­mott still isn’t ready to name his starter against the Colts this week­end af­ter quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor had lim­ited mo­bil­ity in his bruised left knee upon re­turn­ing to prac­tice Thurs­day.


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