The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the whole 2022-23 season, citing “violations of workforce insurance policies.” The suspension is instant, the workforce mentioned because it introduced the transfer Thursday evening.
The workforce didn’t present particulars about any allegations in opposition to Udoka, or its findings. However rumors had been swirling about Udoka’s future after studies emerged that he was concerned in “an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a feminine member of the workforce employees,” as The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.
Information of the suspension got here simply 10 days earlier than the Celtics will open their preseason in early October. It derails Udoka’s try to repeat his stellar first yr as Boston’s head coach, when he led the workforce to the NBA finals for the primary time since 2010.
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, the whole Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” Udoka mentioned, in a press release shared by ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “I’m sorry for placing the workforce on this tough state of affairs, and I settle for the workforce’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.”
It is unsure whether or not Udoka will be capable of resume teaching the Celtics after the suspension. The group says it should decide about that “at a later date.”
Udoka, 45, turned the Celtics’ coach in the summertime of 2021 after spending a lot of the earlier decade in assistant teaching jobs with the San Antonio Spurs and two different NBA groups.