Former San Antonio Spurs team psychologist Hillary Cauthen has agreed to a settlement in her lawsuit against the NBA team and former player Joshua Primo, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Cauthen accused Primo of exposing himself to her during their sessions on nine different occasions, which led to her lawsuit against him and the Spurs for failing to protect her and a criminal complaint against Primo.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office began a criminal investigation soon after Cauthen came forward.
Cauthen’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, confirmed to the Express-News that the matter has been settled, writing, “The parties have agreed to settle this matter,” although court records currently show the lawsuit is pending. Spurs as a defender, but not Primo. There was no word on the status of the criminal investigation.
The Spurs released a statement calling the incident a “learning opportunity” and vowing to improve their workplace policies:
“The case regarding Josh Primo is a serious matter. Since we heard the allegations, we have taken steps, and we are taking steps to ensure that all parties involved are treated with dignity and respect. We know that we have to to do that for Dr. Cauthen., our players, our staff and our community.
“As an organization, we are continually evaluating and refining our processes so that they ultimately reflect the values and culture we aspire to be every day. To that end, we have decided to team up with Dr. Cauthen and with other experts in an effort to review and improve our workplace processes and procedures.
“This is a learning opportunity for us, and we are sure it will make us better moving forward.”
The Spurs waived Primo a few days before Cauthen filed his lawsuit and the 19-year-old remains a free agent. Several teams have reportedly been interested in the former 12th overall draft pick, but it’s clear that no one has decided to move forward with a player who was the youngest player in the NBA last season.
Despite his young age, Primo worked himself into the Spurs rotation and it was clear that he had plenty of potential for the team. Before revealing the reason for his release, 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 been seeking help to deal with the trauma I have experienced in the past and will now take this time to focus on my mental health treatment more fully . 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. I appreciate the privacy at this time.”