Mississauga NBA star settles civil lawsuit with former team psychologist

Published November 18, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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A star Mississauga basketball player recently released by the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs has settled a civil lawsuit with the team’s former psychologist over allegations he exposed himself to her multiple times during private sessions arranged by the club.

A lawyer for the sports psychologist said yesterday (Nov. 17) that the woman has settled her lawsuit against both the Spurs and Josh Primo, 19, a Mississauga native selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Spurs in 2021.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Primo has denied the allegations.

Hillary Cauthen, who worked as a performance psychologist for the Spurs, filed the lawsuit earlier this month. In it, she had accused the Mississauga athlete of exposing his genitals to her nine times since last December despite her numerous complaints to the club’s leadership.

She claimed the Spurs did nothing to discipline Primo or address her concerns.

Primo’s lawyers called the allegations a “complete fabrication” and “utter fantasy” and added earlier that Primo was devastated by the false allegations.

The Spurs released Primo an hour before their Oct. 28 home game against the Chicago Bulls. He has not signed with another team.

Meanwhile, police in Texas continue to investigate the matter.

A 6-foot-6 guard, Primo lists his hometown as Mississauga although he played most of his high school basketball in the U.S. before becoming a top prospect with the University of Alabama.

Primo represented Canada at the world under-19 men’s championship in 2019, when he was just 16.

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