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Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has denied sexual harassment claims levied against him by a former executive assistant and intends to fight the allegation in court.

lawsuit filed in California on Monday accused Moon of sexual harassment, sexual battery, and discrimination based on sex, among other damages.

“Warren Moon has yet to be served with the lawsuit … but he is aware of the claims contained in it,” Moon’s attorney Daniel Fears said in a statement obtained by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Mr. Moon contends these claims are meritless, and he has every intention to vigorously defend himself in court.”

The accuser was hired as Moon’s executive assistant in July, traveling around the country with him to various speaking engagements and appearances. However, she was demoted by Moon’s marketing firm after she complained about his alleged sexual advances.

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Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will miss the rest of the season due to a neck injury, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday on ESPN Seattle, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

It was already reported that the hard-hitting member of the Legion of Boom wouldn’t be able to return this year.

Asked about Chancellor’s future playing career, considering the nature of his neck injury, Carroll said, “It’s really up to him.”

The Seahawks now have to make a late-season playoff push without two of their star defenders, as Richard Sherman is already done for the year after suffering an Achilles injury.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman left the game during the third quarter and limped off the field. The broadcast appeared to show him telling teammates that he’d torn his Achilles.

Team doctors confirmed Sherman will need season-ending surgery to repair the tendon.

“He couldn’t even walk. Remarkable competitor,” Carroll said of Sherman postgame, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

The veteran cornerback told reporters he’d expected to tear his Achilles at some point this year after battling through an injury to the tendon throughout much of the season.

“When it goes, it goes,” Sherman said via Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

Sherman had never missed a game in his seven-year career and it’s a devastating loss for the Seahawks’ secondary. Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman will likely vie for increased snaps.

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Some consider NFL players protesting during the U.S. national anthem to be disrespectful, arguing that it’s a slight against those that serve in the military.

But for Michael Bennett – one of the league’s most outspoken players on social injustice – it’s a question of doing “the right thing,” regardless of the time or place.

“There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing,” Bennett said Thursday, according to Seahawks Wire’s Lindsey Wisniewski. “Regardless of where you’re at, when there’s a time to do the right thing, you do the right thing. No matter where we’re at in the world, cooking, doing whatever we’re doing at any time, it’s always the right time to do the right thing. There isn’t a place that you feel we shouldn’t do the right thing.”

The Seattle Seahawks‘ star defensive end pledged to sit for “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the entire 2017 season prior to President Donald Trump’s criticism of protesting players, which led to widespread demonstrations throughout the league in Week 3,

Bennett offered to sit down with the president to talk about his issues with protesters Monday, and the pass-rusher extended the same olive branch again.

“I just think that it has to be dialogue between the people who disagree with you and what you believe in to have a conversation about why did he say the certain things,” Bennett said. “To be able to have that dialogue is important, I hate to write him off and just have an opinion about him before you get a chance to have a conversation (with him). For me, it’s always about that.”

Bennett made headlines in early September when he revealed he’d been subject to police brutality in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. He alleged that an officer threatened to “blow (his) fucking head off” before ultimately releasing him. The Las Vegas police department referred to Bennett’s claims as “obvious false allegations.”

“Is there really a time that we shouldn’t be talking about equality?” Bennett said. “When is there not a time to talk about that? We find the time to talk about the Kardashians. We find the time to talk about fantasy football. But when do we find the time to talk about the realities of America, the realities of being a great human being and figuring out how do we make a better world for our kids.”

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Michael Bennett‘s attorney believes the Las Vegas Police Department is trying to “smear” the name of the Seattle Seahawks defensive end.

Bennett revealed Wednesday that he was detained by police Aug. 26 and believes he was assaulted and racially profiled. The police department has since defended their actions and asked the NFL to investigate Bennett’s statements.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris responded Friday by calling for an independent agency to investigate the matter.

“Over the last several days, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and its union have begun a smear campaign aimed at demonizing and besmirching the character of Michael Bennett,” Burris wrote in a statement, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “This victim shaming is a common tactic used by police when they are caught violating a person’s rights.”

The NFL and NFLPA recently stated there was no grounds for the league to investigate Bennett.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll backed his star defender Michael Bennett on Wednesday, after he alleged police in Las Vegas racially profiled and threatened to kill him in an incident Aug. 27.

“Michael Bennett unfortunately experienced a horrendous incident on August 27,” Carroll said in a statement posted online. “We are thankful he is safe, and we take this opportunity to say that we stand in support of him and anyone facing inequalities.

“What happened to Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequality demonstrated daily.”

Bennett revealed Wednesday morning he was viciously pinned to the ground and handcuffed by police after a series of gun shots went off near the area he was located. Bennett was in Las Vegas to take in the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

A video of the encounter obtained by TMZ showed Bennett pleading with one officer while another officer stood on a balcony above holding what appeared to be a handgun.

“I wasn’t doing nothing, man!” Bennett is heard shouting in the video “… I was here with my friends! They told us to get out, everybody ran!”

Carroll said he hopes the incident inspires everyone to stand for change when inequalities are brought to light.

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Justin Britt‘s show of support for Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Bennett during the national anthem Friday night did not go unappreciated.

After hearing Bennett’s call for a white player to join protest efforts, Britt said the comments led him to place a hand on the defensive end’s shoulder while he sat out the national anthem before Friday’s preseason game.

“I want to support him,” Britt said after the Seahawks’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “I want to support what he stands for and his beliefs. I’m not foolish. I’m from Missouri. I get that things are different in that area than they are in some other areas. I’m not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the Army. So I’m not putting any disrespect to them. I’m just trying to understand the issues, trying to educate myself more in that regard and showing support …

“I always tell kids: Don’t be a follower. Be the one they’re following. So whether it’s good or bad in some eyes, I feel like I’m just supporting my teammate, supporting why he’s doing it and his reasons, and trying to encourage others.”

Britt says that he talked to Bennett beforehand about showing support and is considering sitting out the anthem in the future. Bennett was moved and motivated by the gesture of his teammate.

“A very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt, who’s a known leader in our locker room, who’s from a different part of America than me,” Bennett said. “But to be able to have that solidarity and to be able to have somebody who is behind me and know that it’s someone that I really trust, and to see him put everything on the line to support one of his teammates, I thought that was a very special moment.”