The San Antonio Spurs released 2021 first-round pick Joshua Primo on Friday, with the guard citing “previous trauma [he] suffered” playing a part in his renunciation.
However, the release turns out to stem from several alleged instances of him exposing himself to women, according to ESPN.
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Primo is just 19 and the team said they hope “in the long run this decision will serve the best interests of the organization and of Joshua”.
ESPN also notes that his young talent intrigues many teams, but they want the full story before stepping into the unknown.
Primo was drafted by Spurs out of the University of Alabama, where he averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 30 games. Spurs picked Primo’s third-year option for the 2023-24 season just two weeks ago, which guarantees the goaltender $4.3 million.
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“I know you are all surprised by today’s announcement,” Primo said in a statement to ESPN. “I have sought help to deal with a previous trauma that I have suffered and I will now take this time to focus more fully on my mental health treatment. I hope to be able to discuss these issues at the future so that I can help others who have suffered in the same way. I appreciate the privacy at this time.”
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During his rookie season, Primo appeared in 50 games, averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.