The Boston Celtics have announced that Head Coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entirety of the 2022-23 season.
The team released a brief statement Thursday night that read:
The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies. A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022
Circulated by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka also issued a statement Thursday night:
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”
Both ESPN and the Boston Globe reported that the head coach was facing a âsignificant suspensionâ for violating team policy.
ESPN reported that a source said it was because of an âintimate relationship with a female member of the franchise staff â¦ The relationship is considered a violation of the organizationâs guidelines, and the proposed penalty for Udoka is largely unprecedented for a sitting head coach in the NBA.â
The 45-year-old coach is not married, but is engaged to 51-year-old actress Nia Long, both of whom have been in a relationship for more than 10 years.
Udoka’s likely replacement as interim head coach is current-assistant coach, Joe Mazzulla.
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