Matt Barnes believes the Ime Udoka scandal is a good larger bombshell than presently identified.
The Celtics have suspended Udoka, who led the staff to the NBA Finals in his first 12 months as head coach, for at least the full 2022-23 season.
Preliminary reviews indicated that Udoka had a consensual affair with a staff worker. Later, Shams Charania reported in The Athletic that Udoka also made “unwanted comments” toward the woman.
Barnes, who initially had a publish on social media defending Udoka, recanted his assertion after he discovered extra apparently-sordid facts concerning the situation.
“Since I’m part of the media now and I strive to not be like everybody else — I attempt to report and disc uss with information and honesty and I clearly should say, with out understanding all of the information, I spoke in Ime Udoka’s protection,” Barnes stated in a video posted on his Instagram account.
“And, after discovering out all of the information, after I spoke, I erased what I posted as a result of this example in Boston is deep. It’s messy. It’s 100 occasions uglier than any of us thought. And, that’s why I erased what I stated.”
Right here’s what to learn about Ime Udoka’s season-long suspension:
In a journeyman profession that lasted from the 2003-04 season via 2016-17, Barnes performed for the Clippers, Kings, Knicks, Sixers, Warriors, Suns, Magic, Lakers, Clippers once more, Grizzlies, Kings once more and Warriors once more. He co-hosts the “All of the Smoke” podcast with Stephen Jackson.
Barnes had beforehand stated it was a horrible choice for Udoka to be suspended for the 12 months. In recanting these remarks, he continued to indicate the scenario with Udoka was very serious however declined to offer specifics.
“Some issues occurred that I can’t condone — that I can’t again. It’s not my place to let you know what occurred. If it finally ends up popping out it finally ends up popping out,” he stated.
“However that was the explanation why I erased my publish yesterday, as a result of after I posted it I acquired a telephone name from somebody who knew all the small print, and the s–t is deep. Pray for everybody concerned. Hope every thing will get via this.”