The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the entire season

“Boston Celtics” suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season. The reason is a violation of team policy. Udoka reportedly had an affair with a female Celtics employee.

The team announced the suspension late Thursday night after multiple media outlets speculated about the suspension throughout the day.

The team’s statement reads: “The Boston Celtics today announced that the team has suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violating team rules.”

“Celtics” continued. “A decision on his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date.” The suspension is effective immediately.”

Shortly thereafter, Udoka herself also made an announcement to Mallika Andrews ESPN: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my entire 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 the sake of all involved, I will not comment further.”

After Udoka’s top assistant coach Will Hardy accepted the Utah Jazz head coaching job over the summer, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla stepped up. ESPN: take on the role of interim coach. Mazulla has been an assistant of the “Celtics” since 2019.

Ime Udoka, Celtics head coach from 2021

What is particularly interesting about this statement is that it refers to “violations”. Shami Charania (The Athletic) reported only on relationships with the employee. The Celtics have been conducting an internal investigation since July. The background is said to be that the relationship was not always consensual or that Udoka made “inappropriate remarks” to the woman.

Udoka joined the Celtics just over a year ago with a stellar reputation as an assistant with the Spurs, Sixers and Nets. In his first season as a head coach, he led the team to the NBA Finals after an impressive turnaround and poor start to the season. There, Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

After promising offseason moves like the Malcolm Brogdon trade, the Celtics are also being marketed as a frontrunner for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this coming season around two stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

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