Report: Spurs' Josh Primo waived after reports of exposing himself to multiple women
In an utterly shocking turn of events, the San Antonio Spurs made an official announcement that they waived the former 12th overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, Joshua Primo. This came as a jarring surprise before last Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls--even for Spurs insiders.
This abrupt move by the organization has sent a shockwave through NBA and Spurs circles filled with dismay and confusion, understandably so. Primo, who's been the face of recent Spurs advertising and who had reportedly been playing incredibly well during the offseason, was slated to become one of the new faces of the franchise if he made a leap on the court.
Early signs after his release began pointing toward the likelihood that this transaction went beyond talent or basketball at all.
Before Friday night's game against the Bulls, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich was reportedly late to the media room. After arriving and being promptly asked about the Spurs waiving Primo, he refused to give any further insight into the matter, referring back to the team's official announcement.
For those that aren't aware or may not be entirely sure, waiving such a high 1st round pick so soon (just over a year after being drafted) is totally unprecedented. In fact, according to Forbes' Mark Deeks, Primo's waiving set a new NBA record.
Late into the Spurs' game against the Bulls, and after the bulk of the reporting prior to the game beginning, ESPN released a cryptic statement from Primo that didn't give much more insight into the chaos.
Update 10/29: Late on Saturday afternoon, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski released a bombshell joint report that claimed the Spurs' release of Primo stemmed from "multiple alleged instances of him exposing himself to women." The shocking report didn't provide any details on when these instances occurred or who the victims were, but this seemingly confirms most fans' worst fears that Primo was involved in something deplorable that goes well beyond basketball.
Things have only continued to go further South since this disturbing report, however. Later on this past Saturday evening, The Athletic's Shams Charania shared a disturbing new piece of information: one of the allegations of Primo exposing himself is coming from a former female employee of the Spurs.
In the wake of the reports from Shelburne, Wojnarowski, and Charania, multiple related yet still unsubstantiated rumors have begun circulating online. As of Saturday evening, according to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, no complaint against Primo has reached the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.
We anticipate that more details of Primo's release will be shared in the coming days. We will be releasing any and all updates as they become available, and we urge fans to prepare themselves for more potentially disturbing news in the meantime.