The Ime Udoka situation has gotten much darker now that new details have been released.
On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics announced they had suspended Udoka for the entire season for violating team policies.
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday night.
The team cited violations of team policies in its announcement. Sources previously told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.
The suspension is effective immediately, and a decision about Udoka’s future with the organization will be made later, the team said.
While it was initially reported that Udoka was getting in trouble for having a consensual relationship with a Celtics staffer, the actual reason he got suspended is because the staffer accused the Celtics head coach of making “unwanted comments” towards her which prompted the team to launch an investigation.
Via Shams Charania of The Athletic
Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.
After getting suspended, Udoka issued an apology for his actions.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “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.”