Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse against Joshua Prim
Dr. Hillary Cauthen filed suit against Spurs and Primoclaiming the 19-year-old exposed his genitals to her nine times during multiple sessions.
In addition to the civil suit filed Thursday in Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, Cauthen filed criminal charges against Prim.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press it had “made contact with the victim involved in the incident with Joshua Primo.” The sheriff’s office called it a “preliminary investigation into the allegations” against Prim.
In his lawsuit, the former team psychologist said the Spurs did nothing to discipline Primo or address her concerns “despite her numerous complaints about Primo’s inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Cauthen said she notified and requested a meeting with Spurs general manager Brian Wright after what she described as the first incident of indecent exposure to Prim in December 2021. She said Wright postponed her request for a meeting in January to March, and during that time Cauthen continued to advise Primo despite her concerns.
Cauthen said her role on the team was marginalized in the months that followed, culminating in her contract not being renewed in August.
Cauthen said she is angry, confused and saddened that Primo was not punished for his actions until Spurs released him on the hour mark before their Oct. 28 home game against Chicago. Primo cleared waivers on Monday, but has not signed with another 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, speaking before Friday night’s game against the Clippers, said he could not comment on when he was first made aware of Primo’s alleged conduct and what action the Spurs may or may not have taken because it is now a legal matter. Popovic said that the Spurs have long worked to maintain a healthy work environment.
“I would just add that anyone who has watched the Spurs over a very long period of time knows that an accusation like this would be taken very seriously, without any doubt,” Popovic said. “Without a doubt, the Spurs organization would be at the top. I am absolutely confident that the men and women in the management staff who have dealt with it and are dealing with it, have done it expediently, efficiently, quickly and with the utmost care for all concerned, the accuser, the accused , people in the organization, to make sure everyone continues to feel comfortable and safe. I’ll just keep my comments to that.”
Popović was an open advocate of civil rights and various social causes. The claim that the Spurs turned a blind eye to Cauthen’s allegations upset the team’s fans.
“The only thing I would say to the fans is to take into account the statement I just made about how we’ve handled things over the years,” Popovic said. “As far as the details, I think they know intellectually, as we all do, that it’s in the hands of the lawyers. We can’t say anything. It pretty much shuts everything down. I guess eventually the details will come out, they always do. Everyone they just have to wait for it.”
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