Laywer speaks on Nats/Coach 'Revenge Porn' lawsuit

His alleged girlfriend said he shared private photos.

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - We’re digging deeper into a lawsuit against the Nationals in the midst of their playoff season. It has to do with one of their coaches. His alleged girlfriend said he shared private photos.

If you’re wondering why the Nats are named in the lawsuit, part of the reason why is because according to attorneys involved, suspended Assistant Batting Coach, Jacque Jones, sent some of the messages while on the clock.

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California Attorney, Rory K. Pendergast commented to this on FaceTime.

“MLB and the clubs recognized that sexual abuse, which, don’t get me wrong, this is a form of sexual abuse – Domestic Violence is a problem for its players and for its coaches and they themselves set the standards, meaning what they expect of their players...," said Pendergast.

WUSA 9 asked the team about this. Their spokesperson referred us to recent tweet stating: “As this is an ongoing legal matter, the Washington Nationals will have no further comment.”

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The legal matter is a lawsuit filed on September 29th on behalf of an unknown woman (Jane Doe). It claims the Nats Assistant Batting Coach carried-out 'revenge porn,'  sending nude photos that included the bare breasts a woman he was allegedly dating ... to  “embarrass and humiliate” her, according to her attorneys.

Pendergast claims happened after the woman tried to end their 8-month long-distance relationship.

“She had given a friend, a mutual friend some Washington Nationals hats ‘cause that friend’s last name started with “W”. That friend posted it online and then immediately, uh, Coach Jones sent him a private message that words to the effect that are in the complaint, ‘look about’ – ‘or ‘look at your homegirl now,” he explained.

The lawsuit claims Jones admitted to this. WUSA 9 reached out to a number we believe belongs to the coach and left a message.

On Friday, Nationals Manager, Dusty Baker answered a question on the team suspending Jones just before the Friday game they later lost. Baker called it a 'downer' before the start of the game.

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“...  he’s a big part of the team, and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but it was a bit of a downer and we hope that things subside and work themselves out,” Baker told a room of reporters.

The Nationals have already confirmed Coach Jones has been suspended with pay. There’s an internal investigation into the matter.

Pendergast tells WUSA 9 a hearing in March could determine a case court date.

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