Warren Moon requests leave of absence from Seahawks radio broadcast

Warren Moon on the Houston Oilers in 1990

"Warren Moon has yet to be served with the lawsuit filed by Wendy Haskell, but he is aware of the claims contained in it", Moon's attorney Daniel F. Fears said in a statement released to The Seattle Times Thursday morning. She alleges that she was demoted by the firm in October after she complained about Moon's sexual advances.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court.

Whitlock's piece also notes that Moon has been in trouble with the law before, including a sexual harassment lawsuit from a Vikings' cheerleader alleging he offered to pay her for sex in 1995 (settled out of court), a later 1995 arrest and assault charges after his then-wife said he slapped and choked her (he was acquitted after she testified she provoked the fight; they later divorced in 2001), and a 2007 drunk driving charge (reduced to negligent driving, led to community service). Moon, who spent 17 years in the National Football League after winning five Grey Cups in a six-year CFL stint, has denied the allegations.

Despite the denial, after the allegations were made public, Moon stepped aside from his position as a member of the Seahawks' game-day broadcasting team. She frequently traveled with Moon for speaking engagements, charity events and other meetings, according to the lawsuit.

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

The woman who made the claims was hired this summer as an executive assistant to Moon, according to KING 5 TV.

The Washington Post first reported on the lawsuit Wednesday.

The lawsuit claims that Haskell traveled with Moon on an nearly weekly basis during her employment and that he made her stay in his hotel room and share his bed.

"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 works as a color commentator for the Seahawks' radio network.

Haskell declined to comment through her lawyer, Diana L. Fitzgerald of Miami. He retired in 2000 at age 44 and was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He became one of the NFL's first successful black quarterbacks, starting his career with the Oilers in the 1984 season.