A sports activities psychologist, who was underneath contract with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, has filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to the group and 19-year-old former Spurs participant Joshua Primo.
The psychologist alleges the participant uncovered himself to her throughout remedy periods and claimed the group’s management didn’t act regardless of her “numerous complaints about Primo’s improper sexual conduct,” in response to a court docket submitting.
Primo has denied the allegations.
The lawsuit claims that Primo first uncovered his genitals to Dr. Hillary Cauthen throughout a person non-public session in December 2021, that the exposures continued to occurred, rising “progressively more extreme,” and that Primo’s habits “went unchecked by the organization’s leadership for many months,” even after Cauthen reported it.
The Spurs authorized group then informed Cauthen, a licensed, credentialed scientific psychologist, that the group “had lost trust in her,” Cauthen’s lawyer, Tony Buzbee, stated throughout a press convention Thursday.
When her contract got here up for renewal in August, they selected to not renew it, in response to the petition filed in Bexar County District Court docket on Thursday.
“Primo’s conduct is obviously well outside the bounds of what is normal or is acceptable. His conduct shocks the conscience,” Buzbee stated.
“I would also say that the Spurs conduct and the way they handled this matter was egregious and absolutely unreasonable.”
Primo was lately launched from the group on October 28. Spurs Sports & Leisure CEO RC Buford stated the roster transfer would “serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua” in an announcement whereas not offering any particular particulars on the choice.
Attorneys for the participant have launched an announcement, saying “Josh Primo is at the beginning of a promising career and has been devastated by these false allegations and release by the Spurs.”
His attorneys name Cauthen’s accusations “either a complete fabrication, a gross embellishment or utter fantasy.”
“Josh Primo is a 19-year-old NBA participant who has suffered a lifetime of trauma and challenges.
“He is now being victimized by his former team appointed sports psychologist, who is playing to ugly stereotypes and racially charged fears for her own financial benefit,” their assertion stated.
Buzbee stated his workplace has been involved with Bexar County officers and he plans to additionally file a felony grievance for a number of counts of indecent publicity in opposition to Primo.
“We expect the proper authorities to prosecute,” he stated throughout Thursday’s press convention.
CNN has reached out to the Spurs group and the NBA for remark.