Take it off. Remember the position it was in. Find a block of wood and a 2 lb correction tool. Use a little finese and bend it back. The metal is kind of soft, so it can be bent easily. A table vise works well too.
Crushed, although you're right, I can't tell you how many bikes I've done this on, just grab the shift lever, and pull it out, and haven't gotten a crank shaft seal yet. So yes, it would be smart to remove and straighten, but if you consider yourself less than smart, just yank on it, like I do.