Former San Antonio Spurs team psychologist Hilary Cowten has agreed to a settlement in her lawsuit against the NBA team and her former player Joshua Primo, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Cauthen accused Primo of exposing himself to her during their sessions on nine separate occasions, leading to a lawsuit against him and the Spurs for failing to protect her and a criminal complaint against Primo.
A criminal investigation was launched by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office soon after Cauthen’s appearance.
Cauthen’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, confirmed to the Express-News that the matter was settled, writing, “The parties have agreed to resolve this matter,” though court records currently show the lawsuit drops the Spurs as defendants, but not Primo. There has been no update on the status of the criminal investigation.
Spurs released a statement calling the situation “a learning opportunity” and pledged to improve their workplace policies:
“The situation regarding Josh Primo is a matter we take very 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 we owe it to Dr. Cauthen, our players, our staff and our community.
“As an organization, we are constantly evaluating and improving 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 work with Dr. Cauthen and other experts in an effort to review and we improve processes and procedures in our workplace.
“This is a learning opportunity for us and we are sure it will make us better going forward.”
The Spurs waived Primo days before Cauthen filed her lawsuit and the 19-year-old remains free. A number of teams have been reported interested in the former 12th overall draft pick, but clearly none have decided to move on a player who was the youngest player in the NBA last season.
Despite his young age, Primo had worked himself 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 healing his mental health:
“I know you are all surprised by today’s announcement. I sought help to deal with the past trauma I suffered 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 I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time.”