The Spurs cut Josh Primo after allegations that he exposed himself to multiple women
The San Antonio Spurs shocked the NBA on Friday when they waived second-year point guard Josh Primo just four games into the season. The team announced the move with a scarce press release which raised more questions than it answered. “We hope that, in the long run, this decision serves the best interests of both the organization and Joshua,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a statement that Gregg Popovich said. he declined to elaborate later that night before a game against the Bulls.
Hours later, Primo issued a statement to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski referring to a “previous trauma that I suffered” and announcing that he would be “taking this time to focus more on my mental health treatment.” On Saturday, the story became clearer: ESPN reported that the Spurs made the decision to cut Primo after learning of “multiple alleged instances where he exposed himself to women.”
One of those women was a former Spurs employee who hired the services of attorney Tony Buzbee. according to a report from The Athletic. buzzbee is the lawyer who represented 24 of the women who accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct during massage dates. Buzbee confirmed his involvement in the case, though he said on Instagram“I won’t say anything about it until the right time.”
Primo had projected to be a pretty important player in the future of the Spurs. He left Alabama after one year of SEC ball to enter the 2021 NBA Draft, where he was the youngest player on the board. Primo was expected to go in the late first round or early second, but instead, the Spurs took him in the lottery, 12th overall, ahead of several top prospects like Moses Moody and Alperen Sengun. That spoke to the belief the Spurs had in his abilities, as well as the organization’s choice to pick up Primo’s $4.3 million contract option three weeks before they cut him. Since no team claimed him off waivers, Primo officially he became a free agent Monday.
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