Former San Antonio Spurs team psychologist Hillary Cauthen agreed to a settlement in her lawsuit against the NBA team and its former player Joshua Primo, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Cauthen accused Primo of exposing herself to her nine times during their sessions, leading to her lawsuit against him and the Spurs for failing to protect her and a criminal complaint against Primo.
Shortly after Cauthen came forward, a criminal investigation was launched by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Cauthen’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, confirmed to the Express-News that the case had been resolved, writing: “The parties have agreed to resolve this matter,” although court records currently show the lawsuit dropping the Spurs as a defendant, but not prime. Nothing has yet been said about the status of the criminal investigation.
The Spurs released a statement calling the situation “a learning opportunity” and promising to improve their workplace policies:
“The situation regarding Josh Primo is a matter we take seriously. Since learning of the allegations, we have taken and are taking steps to ensure that all parties involved are treated with dignity and respect. We know that we owe that to Dr. Cauthen, our players, our staff and our community.
“As an organization, we are constantly reviewing and refining our processes so that they ultimately reflect the values and culture of who we aspire to be every day. To that end, we decided to collaborate with Dr. Cauthen and other experts in an effort to improve our processes and procedures. review and improve in the workplace.
“This is a learning moment for us, and we’re sure it will make us better moving forward.”
The Spurs waived Primo just days before Cauthen filed her lawsuit and the 19-year-old remains a free agent. Some teams would be interested in the former 12th overall draft pick, but clearly none have decided to continue with a player who was the youngest in the NBA last season.
Despite his young age, Primo had worked his way into the Spurs rotation and clearly had a lot of potential for the team. Before the reason for his release was revealed, he attributed his problems to past trauma and said he would focus on his mental health treatment:
“I know you are all surprised by today’s announcement. I have sought help to process past traumas I have experienced and will now take the time to focus more fully on my mental health treatment. I hope to address these issues discuss in the future so that I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I value privacy at this time.”