Lawyer: Josh Primo accuser set to discuss allegations
A psychologist who worked with the San Antonio Spurs will speak out this week on allegations she and others have made against former Spurs guard Joshua Primo, the woman’s attorney said Monday.
Attorney Tony Buzbee said in a press release that his client, psychologist Hillary Cauthen, will speak at a press conference in Houston on Thursday. Cauthen, who served as the team’s performance psychologist, will deliver a statement and answer questions, according to the statement.
Primo, 19, was waived by the Spurs on Friday, just four games into his second NBA season. A person with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday Spurs let him go after a former employee alleged Primo exposed himself in his presence.
On the same day, Buzbee confirmed he had been hired by a « former Spurs contractor » and on Monday his identity was revealed in the attorney’s release.
On Friday, Primo released a statement to ESPN saying that he « has sought help to deal with past traumas I have suffered and will now take this time to focus more fully on my mental health treatment. I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so that I can help others who have suffered in the same way.
Spurs have given no reason why they waived Primo, other than a statement from team CEO RC Buford saying the club hopes « that in the long term this decision will serve the best interests of the organization. and of Joshua ».
The Spurs took Primo with the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft after spending a year in college in Alabama. Primo averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his rookie season with the Spurs, and 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in four games with the Spurs this season.
The team recently chose their third-year option, a largely procedural decision that locked in a $4.3 million salary for next season and showed he should remain in Spurs’ plans. He earned $4.1 million that season.
Had he been claimed by another team before Monday, that team would have been responsible for the $8.4 million owed to Primo. He cleared waivers on Monday and is a free agent.
Buzbee is the attorney who represented 24 women who sued Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, then of the Houston Texans, accusing him of sexual assault or harassment. Watson is serving an 11-game suspension from the NFL.