The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the complete 2022-23 season, citing “violations of group insurance policies.” The suspension is instant, the group mentioned because it introduced the transfer Thursday night time.
The group 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 group 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 and repeat his stellar first yr as Boston’s head coach, when he led the group to the NBA finals for the primary time since 2010.
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, the complete 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 group on this troublesome state of affairs, and I settle for the group’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.”
It is unsure whether or not Udoka will be capable to resume teaching the Celtics after the suspension. The group says it’ll decide about that “at a later date.”
Udoka, 45, grew to become 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.