Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension involved unwanted comments made to a woman, report says – WCVB Boston

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka's suspension involved unwanted comments made to a woman, report says - WCVB Boston

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension for the 2022-2023 season allegedly involved unwanted comments made to a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report. The Celtics announced that the team suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violations of team policies,” adding that “a decision on his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date.” The Athletic now reports that the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship. between Udoka and a female member of the team staff in July. According to the Athletic, the Celtics were told, at that time, the relationship was consensual but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments to her. Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka, 45, faced a suspension for his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines. In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka offered an apology but little additional information. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I regret 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.” No announcement has been made as to who would take over as head coaches for the next one. season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned through a league source that Rhode Island native and current assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as interim head coach. League sources also confirmed that Udoka will not resign. Udoka spent most of his NBA playing career with San. Antonio and then joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in ’14, and he quickly found his way onto short lists for open head coaching jobs. He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens – who moved up to the front office. In Year 1, Udoka finished fourth in trainer of the year voting and the Celtics came within two victories of the championship. Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the championship. October 18th season opener.

The suspension of Boston Celtics Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season allegedly involved unwanted comments made to a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report.

The Celtics announced the team suspended Udoka for the 2022–23 season “for violations of team policies,” adding that “a decision on his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date.”

The Athletic is now reporting that the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship between Udoka and a female member of the team in July.

According to the Athletic, the Celtics were told, at that time, the relationship was consensual but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments to her.

Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka, 45, faced a suspension for his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka reacts during the first half of game x20;6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal final series Friday, May x20;13, 2022, in Milwaukee.

AP Photo/Morry Gash

Making Udoka

In a statement reported by Malika Andrews of ESPNUdoka offered an apology but little further information.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I regret 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.”

No announcement has been made on who will take over as head coaches for next season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned through a league source that the Rhode Island native and current assistant coach. Joe Mazzulla will take over as interim head coach.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 10: Head Coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics talks to Carsen Edwards #4 during a game against the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Celtics beat the Nuggets 107-82.

Getty Images/Ethan Miller

Coach Joe Mazzulla

League sources also confirmed that Udoka will not resign.

Udoka spent most of his NBA playing career with San Antonio and then joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in ’14, and he quickly found his way onto short lists for open head coaching jobs.

He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens – who moved up to the front office. In Year 1, Udoka finished fourth in coach of the year voting and the Celtics came within two victories of the championship.

Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.