New reports have emerged that the San Antonio Spurs waived Joseph Primo because he exposed himself to multiple women.
A female former San Antonio Spurs employee alleged that now-former Spurs guard Primo exposed himself in her presence, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday night.
The decision to release Primo on Friday night was sudden and shocking, and it spoke to the severity of the issues surrounding the promising 19-year old player.
Attorney Tony Buzbee confirmed to AP that he has been 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, accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.
The team had recently picked up the $4.3 million 2023-24 option on Primo’s contract, signifying a level of confidence in his future with the franchise.
ESPN, citing sources, reported Saturday that the Spurs parted ways with Primo after “multiple alleged instances of him exposing himself to women.” The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that the Spurs’ decision followed multiple allegations made against Primo.
In a statement to ESPN on Friday night, Primo acknowledged a need to continue “mental health treatment more fully.”
“I know that you all are surprised by today’s announcement,” Primo said in the statement. “I’ve been seeking help to deal with previous 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 I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time.”
There are no active court cases against Primo in Bexar County, Texas, according to online records.
“It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua,” Spurs CEO R.C. Buford said in a statement.