Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for your complete 2022-23 season for a violation of the team’s policies, the group confirmed Thursday evening.
Reports say he engaged in a consensual intimate relationship with a feminine member of the team’s workers.
An announcement launched by the Celtics confirmed reports that the suspension would final your complete NBA calendar however a resolution on his future with the franchise could be made ‘at a later date’.
The assertion learn: ‘The Boston Celtics introduced at the moment that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies.
‘A call about his future with the Celtics past this season might be made at a later date. The suspension takes impact instantly.’
Udoka apologized to the gamers, followers and team for ‘placing the aspect in a troublesome scenario’ in assertion launched Thursday evening.
‘I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, your complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,’ Udoka’s assertion learn.
‘I’m sorry for placing the team on this troublesome scenario, and I settle for the team’s resolution. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.’
Celtics coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire season after violating team coverage
Boston mentioned a resolution on his future with the franchise could be made ‘at a later date’
In his place, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will function interim head coach for the rest of the season.
Reports emerged final evening that Udoka would face a ‘important suspension’ for an unnamed violation of team policies. Rumors surfaced afterwards that it was resulting from a relationship with a Celtics workers member.
Udoka has been engaged for years to actress Nia Long, who gave start to the couple’s son in 2011. However, Long and Udoka have been ‘believed to have been separated previous to present challenge,’ based on Bally Sports’ Brandon Robinson.
In his place, assistant Joe Mazzulla (L) will develop into interim head coach after one other assistant coach Will Hardy (R), left Boston to develop into head coach of the Utah Jazz
Udoka has been engaged to actress Nia Long (left), who gave start to the couple’s son in 2011
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the looming suspension, claimed that Udoka’s job will not be in jeopardy. However, the language within the Celtics assertion suggests elimination from the job continues to be a chance.
Stephen A. Smith – additionally of ESPN – criticised the media frenzy round Udoka and advised his non-public life was ‘none of our business’.
‘I obtained information for you America: There are loads of white of us in skilled sports activities that is doing their factor,’ Smith mentioned in response to the information about Udoka, who’s African American. ‘And I say that not complimentary. I do not see the data out about them.
‘[I] cannot rely the quantities of fraternization, or dare I say extra, that goes on in virtually each group in NBA, NFL and MLB — individuals get collectively, they working collectively, that stuff occurs on a regular basis.’
Smith additionally questioned the selection to leak details about a non-public affair between two consenting adults.
Ime Udoka’s alleged affair with a Boston Celtics workers member isn’t any of the general public’s business, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith mentioned Thursday, including that the team’s dealing with of his reported looming suspension reveals a racial double customary
‘Why are we speaking about this now?’ Smith requested rhetorically. ‘We gotta speak about it as a result of it is the information. Ain’t none of our rattling business, until you fireplace him.’
Udoka was named head coach of the Boston Celtics in the beginning of the 2021-22 season after former head coach Brad Stevens was promoted to President of Basketball Operations.
In his first season as a head coach, Udoka amassed a 51-31 file and guided the Celtics to a regular-season Atlantic Division title.
The Celtics will maintain a media day on Monday earlier than opening coaching camp on Tuesday. Their first preseason sport is house in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets on October 2. Boston opens their common season slate on October 18 at house in opposition to the 76ers.
Before teaching with the Celtics, Udoka hung out as an assistant coach for eight seasons on the San Antonio Spurs beneath head coach Gregg Popovich, serving to to win an NBA title in 2014.
Prior to becoming a member of Boston, Udoka gained a ring as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs
Udoka left San Antonio in 2019, transferring to the Philadelphia 76ers. The following season, he turned an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets.
He was then employed as the top coach of the Celtics, changing into the fifth black head coach within the team’s historical past.
A Portland native, Udoka performed at Portland State earlier than a journeyman’s career that took him from low-level, impartial leagues to Europe and finally the NBA, the place he carved out bench roles with the Spurs. He additionally had transient stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Sacramento Kings.