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Washington Nationals assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones has been suspended, the team announced minutes before hosting the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series. The suspension will be without pay, pending a team investigation into a legal matter that emerged this week.
According to a Washington Post report, Jones may have been seeking revenge on a woman from a past relationship. The report says investigation stems from a civil case filed in California, which alleges that Jones intentionally shared nude photos of the woman without her consent.
A search of court records revealed a civil case filed Sept. 28 in which an unnamed plaintiff filed suit against Jones and the Washington Nationals in California Superior Court, San Diego County. That plaintiff, known in the case filings as Jane Doe, alleges Jones “had photos of Plaintiff’s naked breasts,” “promised her that the photos would be kept between them,” and that “after their relationship ended, Jones intentionally distributed the photos without Plaintiff’s consent.” The suit alleges that the plaintiff suffered “general and special damages” from the distribution of those pictures.
The Nationals offered no additional comments or details, other than to note that minor league hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich will assume Jones’ duties.
Jones, who spent 10 seasons in the major leagues playing for the Twins, Cubs, Tigers and Marlins, is in his second season with the Nationals. He previously served as a minor-league hitting coach in the Padres organization from 2012 to 2014.
The timing couldn’t be much worse for Washington. The team’s focus should be solely on the Cubs, but this legal matter will have the attention of the front office and will be difficult to ignore with Jones missing from the dugout and clubhouse. As of this writing, they were trailing the Cubs 2-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS.
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