Psychology

Former team psychologist settles lawsuit with Spurs, Josh Primo

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A psychologist who worked for the San Antonio Spurs has settled her lawsuit against the team and former player Josh Primo over allegations that he exposed himself to her multiple times during private sessions, her attorney said Thursday.

Hillary Cauthen worked as a performance psychologist for the team. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, she had accused 19-year-old Primo of displaying his genitals to her nine times “despite her numerous complaints about Primo’s inappropriate sexual conduct in charge of the organisation. ”

“The parties have agreed to resolve this matter,” Cauthen’s lawyer Tony Buzbee said in a one-sentence statement. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

William J. Briggs II, Primo’s attorney, declined to comment on the settlement of the lawsuit.

In a statement, Spurs CEO RC Buford said that since the allegations against Primo, the team has taken steps “to ensure that all parties involved are treated with dignity and respect.” The team has been working with Cauthen and other experts to “review and improve our workplace processes and procedures”.

“This is a learning opportunity for us, and we’re confident it will help us move forward,” Buford said.

The lawsuit settlement comes as the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the allegations against Primo.

In her lawsuit, the team’s former performance psychologist said the Spurs did nothing to punish Primo or address her concerns.

Cauthen said she had informed and requested a meeting with Spurs general manager Brian Wright after what she described as Primo’s first incident of indecent exposure in December 2021. She said her request for a meeting in January was delayed by Wright until March , during which time Cauthen continued to advise Primo despite her concerns.

Cauthen said her role with the team was marginalized in the months that followed, culminating in her contract not being renewed in August.

Cauthen said she was angry, confused and sad that Primo had not received any discipline for his actions until the Spurs released him an hour before their home game against Chicago on October 28. Primo has not signed with any other team.

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