New particulars have emerged surrounding Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s “improper” relationship with a employees member, which on Thursday led to him being suspended for the entire 2022-23 season.
Information broke of the scandal broke on Thursday, with experiences that the coach had a consensual affair with a feminine member of the Celtics’ employees. Nevertheless, The Athletic reported that the crew grew to become conscious of the connection all the best way again in July – and it was solely after Udoka made “undesirable feedback” towards the lady that they acquired concerned.
The crew launched a set of inside interviews, and after a closed-door assembly on Thursday with crew house owners and president Brad Stevens (who, notably, was the crew’s final head coach), they made the choice to droop Udoka for the entire season.
Udoka accepted the crew’s ruling in a press release he launched Thursday night time.
“I need to apologize to our gamers, followers, the complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” the assertion learn. “I’m sorry for placing the crew on this troublesome state of affairs, and I settle for the crew’s choice. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.”
Udoka was employed because the Celtics’ head coach within the 2021 offseason and led the crew to the NBA Finals in his first season in cost, finally shedding in six video games to the Golden State Warriors. Beforehand, he spent a yr as an assistant coach with the Nets, in addition to stints with the 76ers and Spurs.
Udoka has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010, and the pair share a son collectively. They’ve been engaged since 2015, however have but to tie the knot.