Joshua Primo: Sports psychologist files civil lawsuit against ex-San Antonio Spurs player for exposing himself during therapy sessions



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A sports psychologist under contract with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs has filed a civil lawsuit against the organization and 19-year-old former Spurs player Joshua Primo.

The psychologist says the player wet himself during therapy sessions and that management at the institution failed to act despite “numerous complaints about Primo’s inappropriate sexual behavior,” according to a court filing.

Primo has denied the accusations.

According to the lawsuit, Primo exposed his genitals to Dr. Hillary Cauthen in a private one-on-one session in December 2021, the exposures continued to occur, grew “gradually more extreme,” and that Primo’s behavior “left the organization’s leadership unchecked for many.” months,” even after Cauthen reported.

The Spurs’ legal team told Cauthen, a licensed and certified clinical psychologist, that the team had “lost confidence in him,” Cauthen’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, said at a news conference Thursday.

When the contract came up for renewal in August, it was chosen not to renew, according to the petition filed Thursday in Bexar County Court.

“Primo’s behavior is obviously outside the bounds of what is normal or acceptable. His behavior shocks the conscience,” Buzbee said.

“I would also say that Spurs’ behavior and the way they handled this matter was appalling and completely unreasonable.”

Primo was recently released from the group on October 28th. Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford said the roster move would be in the “best interest of the organization and Joshua” in a statement, while not providing specific details of the decision.

The player’s lawyers released a statement saying: “Josh Primo is at the start of a promising career and is devastated by these false allegations and his dismissal by Spurs.”

His attorneys call Cauthen’s accusations “a complete fabrication, gross embellishment or outright fantasy.”

“Josh Primo is a 19-year-old NBA player who has faced trauma and challenges throughout his life.

“He is now being victimized by his former team-appointed sports psychologist, who is playing on ugly stereotypes and racially charged fears for his own financial gain,” their statement said.

Buzbee said his office has contacted Bexar County officials and also plans to file a criminal complaint against Primo for numerous indecent exposures.

“We hope to be prosecuted by the appropriate authorities,” he said at a press conference on Thursday.

CNN has reached out to the Spurs organization and the NBA for comment.