A woman, a former San Antonio Spurs employee, claims that now-former Spurs guard Josh Prima exposed himself in her presence, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday night.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details have been released publicly by the Spurs, Primo or the accuser.
Tony Busby’s attorney confirmed to the AP that he was hired by a “former contractor” with the Spurs. He is the attorney who represented 24 women who sued Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, then of the Houston Texans, alleging sexual assault or harassment.
Watson is serving an unpaid 11-game suspension and was fined $5 million by the NFL.
Spurs waived Primo on Friday in a surprising move, given the 19-year-old was considered a vital part of the team’s future. ESPN, citing sources, reported on Saturday that the Spurs parted ways with Primo after “several alleged incidents of him exposing himself to women.” The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that the Spurs’ decision came after numerous allegations against Primo.
There are no active court cases against Prim in Bexar County, Texas, according to online records.
Prima released a statement to ESPN on Friday, saying he is “seeking help to deal with a previous injury I suffered and will now take this time to focus more fully on the treatment of my mental health. I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future to help others who have been affected in a similar way. I appreciate my privacy at this time.”
The Spurs selected Primo with the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft after he spent one year in college at Alabama.
Primo averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his rookie season with the Spurs and 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in four games for the Spurs this season.
The team even recently picked up his third-year option, a largely procedural move that locked in a $4.3 million salary for next season and indicated he is expected to remain in the Spurs’ plans. He earned $4.1 million this season.
“We hope that this decision is in the best interest of both the organization and Joshua in the long term,” Spurs general manager RS Buford said when the team waived Primo on Friday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not elaborate, referring to Buford’s statement and saying “we’ll go by what they told you.”
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