An independent law firm hired by the Boston Celtics to investigate Ime Udoka’s relationship with an employee has apparently found that the now-fired head coach made “disgusting comments” about an employee who reported to him.
It is reported ESPN:. This was an important factor in assessing the situation, which eventually led to Udoka’s one-year ban. His comments were seen as particularly troubling given that they were made in his leadership role.
The law firm cited “the balance of power associated with an inappropriate relationship between a supervisor and a staff member” as the most significant violation of the franchise’s policy.
Because of the incidents, Udoka faces a “difficult road” back to his old role as Celtics head coach, which he could not resume until the summer of 2023 at the earliest, the report said. ESPN:.
Also, the franchise apparently won’t mind if Udoka is offered a coaching job elsewhere. Several teams are said to have already tried to get as much information as possible about the incidents in order to evaluate Udoka as a potential future coaching candidate.
Celtics owner Wyke Grousbeck said at a press conference last week that Udokas’ multiple violations of the franchise policy led to the suspension. The coach also has to put up with the drop in salary.
The 45-year-old specialist only started his work as the head coach of “Celtics” last summer. In his first year in Boston, he led the team to the NBA Finals after a strong comeback in the second half of the season. The Celtics are also among the favorites for the 2022/23 season, which starts in mid-October. Joe Mazzulla, now 34, will lead the team into the new season as interim coach.