The wife of Warren Moon has accused the Minnesota Vikings quarterback of striking her on the head with an open hand and choking her to the point that she almost lost consciousness before she escaped from the couple's home.
Felicia Moon stated in an affidavit to police that Moon assaulted her Tuesday afternoon at their home in the Houston suburb of Missouri City.
"You could tell she had been assaulted. . . . She received some injuries," said Lt. Pat Worrell of the Missouri City police department's criminal investigation unit. Worrell would not elaborate on the injuries.
Felicia Moon told police "at this time she did not wish" to pursue criminal charges, but Worrell said the district attorney's office will determine whether charges will be filed.
Moon, in a statement released late yesterday in Houston, blamed the incident on a "strain in our marriage."
"This was a very unfortunate incident between two people who have loved each other for a very long time and are having some personal problems," Moon told KPRC-TV in Houston earlier in the day. "These personal problems my wife and I need to work out in private, and not in the media. My wife and I got into an argument. It was not a case of domestic violence. It was a domestic dispute."
Vikings president Roger Headrick, already forced to respond to off-season allegations of sexual harassment against Moon, coach Dennis Green and assistant coach Richard Solomon, expressed shock and anger at the news.
"This is my personal view: I'm shocked. I'm totally dismayed," Headrick said. "It is virtually unbelievable that anyone in his position, with his maturity, if it's true -- it's totally unacceptable behavior.
Worrell said the Missouri City dispatcher received a 911 call from the Moon family residence at 1:09 p.m. Tuesday. That 911 call is expected to be released by police today. The Houston Chronicle reported the call came from one of the Moons' four children.
"The caller said there was an assault in progress," Worrell said.
Two detectives and a police officer were sent to the home, but neither Moon nor his wife was there, Worrell said.
"A short time later, Felicia Moon returned," Worrell said, adding that she talked to the two detectives.
"Felicia Moon said that she had been struck in the head with an open hand by Mr. Moon and that he had also choked her to the point of almost passing out. Mrs. Moon said that she was able to break free from Mr. Moon and that she fled in her car. She said Mr. Moon followed her, but that she was able to lose him."
Worrell said he was not aware of any previous disputes involving Moon and his wife, who have been married for 14 years and have children ranging in age from 13 to 6.
The lieutenant said Moon could face a Class A misdemeanor assault, which carries a $4,000 fine and as much as one year in jail.
Moon, 38, spent 10 years as quarterback of the Houston Oilers. He was traded to the Vikings a year ago and is expected to report to training camp in Mankato, Minn., on Sunday.
Last May, Moon reached an out-of-court agreement with a former Vikings team cheerleader who said he sexually harassed her.