The Boston Celtics suspend Ime Udoka for one year for team policy violations with a decision on his future “to be made at a later date” after reports he had an affair with a staff member.
- In his statement, Udoka apologized ‘for putting the team in this difficult situation’ after being suspended for a whole season.
- Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim head coach for this season
- Multiple reports say that Udoka has considered resigning, but has not yet done so.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka released a statement after the team suspended him for the entire 2022-23 NBA season. Reports say that he engaged in a consensual intimate relationship with a female member of the team’s staff.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka’s statement read.
I am sorry for putting the team in such a difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.
A statement released by the Celtics confirmed reports that the suspension would last the entire NBA schedule.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire season after violating team policy.
In his place, assistant Joe Mazzulla (left) will become interim head coach after another assistant coach, Will Hardy (right), left Boston to become head coach of the Utah Jazz.
The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies. A decision on his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.
In his place, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Reports surfaced last night that Udoka would face a “significant suspension” for an unidentified violation of team policies. Rumors then surfaced that it was due to a relationship with a Celtics staffer.
Multiple reports say that Udoka has considered resigning as Celtics coach, but has so far not done so.
Udoka has been engaged for years to actress Nia Long, who gave birth to the couple’s son in 2011. However, Long and Udoka were believed to have broken up before the current issue, according to Brandon Robinson of Bally Sports.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the impending suspension, writes that Udoka’s job is not in jeopardy. However, the language in the Celtics’ statement suggests removal from the job is still a possibility.
Before joining Boston, Udoka won a ring as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.