Former Spurs psychologist Hillary Cauthen, the team and former San Antonio guard Josh Primo “have agreed to resolve Cauthen’s lawsuit against both parties,” her attorney, Tony Buzbee, confirmed. The athletic on Thursday.
Cauthen sued the Spurs and Primo, the team’s 2021 No. 12 seed, over alleged incidents involving indecent exposure by the 19-year-old security guard. The lawsuit was filed on November 3 in Bexar County, Texas.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford said in a statement that the organization has “decided to collaborate with Dr. Cauthen and other experts in an effort to review and improve our workplace processes and procedures.”
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Cauthen was hired under contract by the Spurs in September 2021. According to the lawsuit, Primo has exposed himself to Cauthen nine times as of December 2021.
According to the lawsuit, Cauthen first raised her concerns about Primo’s behavior with Spurs general manager Brian Wright in January 2022. Cauthen had her first meeting with Wright on March 21 and continued to voice her concerns about Primo, telling Wright she was uncomfortable with the meeting. with Primo alone, the lawsuit said.
After meeting Wright, Cauthen claimed she was still being summoned to visit Primo. Cauthen met with Wright again in April to express her frustration and concern that no action had been taken under the lawsuit. Wright asked Cauthen “what consequence” she wanted, and Cauthen replied that she felt it was up to the team to handle the situation, the suit says. Wright then informed her that the organization’s legal team would be in touch.
According to the lawsuit, Cauthen met with lawyers from the Spurs organization several times in May, including the deputy general counsel and also the chief legal officer and general counsel, and was promised an investigation would take place. At this point, Cauthen was instructed to avoid contact with Primo and was told that the team was preparing a ‘report’.
A week or more later, after asking for an update on the status of the investigation, Deputy General Counsel Brandon James and Chief of Human Resources Kara Allen told Cauthen that Primo would continue to participate in team activities and suggested Cauthen work from home. to work, according to the suit.
In June, James and Allen announced that they had spoken with Primo, the lawsuit says, and suggested they meet with Primo to address his behavior. Cauthen refused.
At a meeting later in June, James and Allen Cauthen announced that the franchise was considering a “correction process for timely reporting of incidents.” They also informed Cauthen that head coach Gregg Popovich was “aware of her complaints and accusations and that he wanted to ‘do her good.
The Spurs waived Primo on October 28. He played four games with the Spurs this season.
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