The San Antonio Spurs’ former clinical psychologist has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the franchise and Joshua Primo, after the 2021 lottery pick was released by the team last month and accused of repeated misconduct.
“The parties have agreed to settle this matter,” Tony Boothby, the attorney representing Dr. Hilary Cowton, told ESPN in an email. “The whole matter is closed and we have no further comment.”
Cawthon filed a lawsuit Oct. 3, alleging that Primo exposed himself nine times in private sessions and that the franchise “ignored repeated reports” about the conditions.
According to the lawsuit, Catton first reported Premon’s misconduct to Spurs management in January. Her tenure with the company ended in August when her contract was not renewed.
Primo, the No. 12 pick in the 2021 draft, was released less than three weeks after the Spurs guaranteed his third-year team option for a $4.3 million salary through the 2023-24 season.
“The situation regarding Josh Primo is a matter we are taking very seriously,” Spurs CEO Arcee Buford said in a statement released Thursday. “Since learning of the allegations, we have taken steps to ensure that all parties are treated with dignity and respect. We know we owe that to Dr. Catton, our players, our staff and our community.”
“As an organization, we are constantly reviewing and refining our processes so they reflect the values and culture we aspire to be every day. That’s why we decided to partner with Dr. Catton and other experts to review and improve our workplace processes and procedures. It keeps us going.”