Police open investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Joshua Primo

SAN ANTONIO — Police have begun investigating allegations that former San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo repeatedly exposed himself to a former team therapist during counseling sessions.

dr Hillary Cauthen filed a lawsuit against Spurs and Primo, claiming the 19-year-old exposed his genitals to her nine times during multiple sessions.

In addition to the civil lawsuit filed Thursday in Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, Cauthen filed a criminal complaint against Primo.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press it has “contacted the victim involved in the Joshua Primo incident.” The sheriff’s office called it a “preliminary investigation into the allegations” against Primo.

In her lawsuit, the team’s former performance psychologist said Spurs did nothing to discipline Primo or address her concerns “despite their numerous complaints about Primo’s inappropriate sexual conduct.”

Cauthen said she briefed Spurs general manager Brian Wright after what she described as Primo’s first incident of an indecent disclosure in December 2021 and asked for a meeting. She said her request for a January meeting was postponed to March by Wright, during which time Cauthen continued to advise Primo despite her concerns.

Cauthen said her role on the team became marginalized in the months that followed, resulting in her contract not being renewed in August.

Cauthen said she was angry, confused and sad that Primo was not disciplined for his actions until the Spurs released him an hour before their Oct. 28 home game against Chicago. Primo released waivers Monday but has not signed with any other team.

In a statement released shortly after Cauthen’s press conference, Spurs CEO RC Buford said the franchise “disagrees with the accuracy of the facts, details and timeline presented today.”

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said ahead of Friday night’s game against the Clippers he could not comment on when he was first briefed on Primo’s alleged conduct and what action Spurs may or may not have taken, as it is now is a legal matter. Popovich said Spurs have long worked to maintain a healthy work environment.

“I would just like to add that anyone who has watched Spurs for a very long period of time knows that without a doubt such an allegation is taken very seriously,” Popovich said. “No ambiguity, the Spurs organization would hide it. I am absolutely confident that the senior men and women who have been and are dealing with this have done so in a purposeful, efficient, timely manner and with the utmost care, everyone involved, the accuser, the accused, the people in the organization, to to ensure that everyone still feels comfortable and safe. I’ll leave it at that.”

Popovich is an outspoken advocate for civil rights and various social causes. The claim that Spurs ignored Cauthen’s allegations has worried fans of the team.

“The only thing I want to say to the fans is to reconsider the statement I just made about how we’ve handled things for many years,” Popovich said. “As for the details, I think they know intellectually, as do we all, that it’s in the hands of the lawyers. We can’t say anything. That cuts pretty much everything. I would imagine that the details will disappear over time coming out, they always do. Everyone just has to wait for it.”

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34950990/police-open-investigation-sexual-misconduct-allegations-joshua-primo Police open investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Joshua Primo

Emma Bowman

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