Celtics’ Ime Udoka allegedly had relationship with female staff member, faces season suspension: report – Fox News

Celtics' Ime Udoka allegedly had relationship with female staff member, faces season suspension: report - Fox News

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Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is reportedly facing a “significant” suspension for violating team rules for allegedly having a consensual, intimate relationship with a female staff member.

The relationship with the staff member “was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines,” ESPN reported Wednesday night. Udoka could be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season, although his job is not considered to be in danger so far.

The franchise staff member’s role was not immediately clear.

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Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics calls a play in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston.

Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics calls a play in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston.
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Udoka, 45, has been with actress Nia Long since 2010. Long is known for her roles in ‘BIg Momma’s House’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Love Jones’ among others. The two have one son, and she had a son from a previous relationship.

Long told Essence in 2015 that she had no plans to marry.

“Love is complicated, let’s just start there,” she told the outlet. “And then you start a marriage that I’ve never been married to. And there’s a reason for that, because I don’t know that I need to say ‘I do’ to prove to you that I love you. But also, what? is marriage really [mean]… that you own me now and I own you? I don’t get that part.

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Nia Long and Ime Udoka attend the 2017 BET American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Nia Long and Ime Udoka attend the 2017 BET American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Honoree Nia Long accepts an award on stage during the 2022 Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel on March 24, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

Honoree Nia Long accepts an award on stage during the 2022 Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel on March 24, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
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“I understand the religious aspect of marriage. That’s beautiful, and it’s fantastic, and it’s dreamy, and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have that moment. But I don’t know that I need that to feel like I’m in a partnership. that works.”

In his first season with the Celtics last year, Udoka led Boston to the Eastern Conference finals, where his team defeated the Miami Heat to travel to the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors would eventually win.

Nia Long at the world premiere of "The Banker" at the National Civil Rights Museum on March 02, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. "The Banker" opens in select theaters on March 6, before premiering on Apple TV+ on March 20.

Nia Long at the world premiere of “The Banker” at the National Civil Rights Museum on March 2, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. “The Banker” opens in select theaters on March 6, before premiering on Apple TV+ on March 20.
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The Celtics went into the finals as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, going 51-31. Udoka became the fifth coach in the last 25 years to make the Finals in his first year as a head coach.

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He was a journeyman NBA player before joining the coaching ranks. He was an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets before taking the Celtics job.

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