Nationals assistant Jones suspended

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(TSX / STATS) -- Washington Nationals assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones was suspended with pay due to a pending legal matter, the team announced shortly before their 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS.

The Nationals said Jones was suspended due to a legal matter being investigated by the team.

According to USA Today, which obtained court documents, Jones and the Nationals are listed as defendants in a revenge porn lawsuit.

The suit was filed last week in San Diego Superior Court. According to the newspaper, Jones allegedly distributed multiple nude photos of the plaintiff after the relationship ended two months ago.

"That was kind of a downer before the game," Washington manager Dusty Baker said.

Jones, 42, ended a 10-year career in 2008. He appeared in 1,302 regular-season games for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins.

He played for Baker in 2006 with the Chicago Cubs and was in his second season on Washington's coaching staff. Minor league hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich will assume the assistant hitting coach duties.

Updated October 7, 2017