Revenge Pornography Weekly Update: Revenge Porn in Sports News

Revenge pornography legislation changes on a week-by-week basis. We will be tracking these updates, as well as notable progress made in revenge pornography cases, and sharing them weekly in this space.

20 October 2017

The Washington Nationals baseball team’s assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones was recently suspended as part of an ongoing revenge porn lawsuit.  The anonymous plaintiff has listed both Jones and the Nationals as defendants in a lawsuit.  The woman was in a relationship with Jones and broke up with him.  He promptly began sending her harassing messages and sending revenge porn images to her friends.  The victim alleges that the Nationals knew that Jones was engaging in this behavior and yet did nothing.

Jones allegedly wrote the following message to accompany revenge porn images that he sent to the victims’ friends: "Ask ya homegirl if she wants these back?  I see your post and she's on some bull (expletive).  She's loony and the type of chick that makes a (expletive) wanna stay single."  Some of these revenge porn messages were sent during work hours, WUSA reports.

This case highlights the degree to which organizations often do not take cyber sexual assault seriously enough.  If an employer knows or has good reason to know that its employee is harassing someone else, particularly if on company time, the employer itself may be liable.  Negligence is no excuse.  Rather, it is a legal claim that victims can bring against organizations that do nothing even when they should act.