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San Antonio’s dealing with of the Josh Primo state of affairs nearly had me fooled, too


Former Spurs team psychologist Hillary Cauthen (left), with attorney Tony Buzbee

Former Spurs staff psychologist Hillary Cauthen (left), with legal professional Tony Buzbee
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Applauding a sports activities group for responsibly dealing with sexual misconduct hardly ever occurs, so in the event you’re prepared to reward a staff earlier than all the main points are launched — even when they launched the problematic participant, exec, or coach — it’s finest to attend. I nearly wrote the identical San Antonio Spurs piece as my coworker D.J. Dunson, who counseled the staff for parting methods with lottery decide Josh Primo earlier than we even knew he allegedly uncovered himself to girls, together with the staff’s workers psychologist, Hilary Cauthen.

The extra instances like this come up, the extra cynical my view is of any get together “doing the fitting factor” — outdoors of the sufferer bravely reporting the malfeasance, after all. With this San Antonio state of affairs, it felt a bit of too near making an attempt to get forward of a possible lawsuit to provide them any flowers for reducing bait with an asset they spent valuable capital to amass.

Properly, throughout a information convention Thursday with Cauthen and her legal professional, Tony Buzbee, the lawyer who additionally represented a lot of the girls that accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, the 2 alleged that San Antonio did not appropriately react when she knowledgeable them of Primo’s repeated offenses. Each the staff and free agent guard are being sued over the alleged indecent publicity, per a lawsuit filed Thursday in Bexar County, Texas.

Primo’s legal professional, William J. Briggs II, launched a prolonged assertion denying any wrongdoing on his shopper’s behalf. The assertion learn partially:

Josh Primo is at first of a promising profession and has been devastated by these false allegations and launch by the Spurs. He’s within the course of looking for remedy to take care of the trauma inflicted on him by Dr. Cauthen’s deceptive allegations, along with the earlier trauma he suffered as a toddler. He seems ahead to clearing his title and to shifting ahead along with his NBA profession.”

In line with the go well with, Cauthen notified GM Brian Wright about Primo in January earlier than having a gathering with Wright about it in March, the place she expressed her discomfort over working with the rookie guard alone.

Then in April, after the groups stored calling on her to satisfy with Primo, she knowledgeable Wright about additional considerations and frustration over treating him, the go well with says. After Wright requested her “what consequence” she felt can be applicable, she informed him the staff wants to deal with the state of affairs, and the GM responded that the franchise’s authorized staff would keep up a correspondence.

She then met with attorneys and authorized counsel for the Spurs, who disclosed to her an investigation can be opened, stated she ought to keep away from contact with Primo, and {that a} write-up was coming, in response to the go well with.

When she requested in regards to the standing of the inquiry per week or so later, the staff’s deputy normal counsel and head of human assets informed her Primo was going to proceed to take part in staff actions and instructed that she make money working from home, in response to the go well with.

When Cauthen met with staff reps once more in June, they stated they’d spoken to Primo, and questioned if she can be open to having a dialog with him, the go well with says. She declined to take the assembly along with her alleged harasser.

And this isn’t within the go well with, however somewhat my opinion: Who the fuck may blame her?

At a later assembly the identical month, the dynamic duo of Spurs stooges disclosed to Cauthen that the staff is mulling over fixes to the well timed reporting of incidents, in response to the lawsuit. She was even informed that head coach Gregg Popovich was conscious of the state of affairs and “wished to do proper by her.”

The staff didn’t reply to a request for remark from The Athletic.

So, if these allegations are true, the Spurs knew about Primo greater than 10 months in the past, did not take the claims of a staff worker critically, stored asking her to satisfy with an alleged abuser, then instructed she keep away from him and make money working from home, supplied up some sham of an investigation, requested her to have a dialog about it, supplied up sham fixes to their damaged system, and solely minimize ties with the issue worker a mere week earlier than a lawsuit was introduced.

Now that sounds extra just like the incompetent, out-of-touch, bumbling sports activities organizations that I do know and detest.

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