Ime Udoka scandal: Everything we know about Celtics suspending coach for affair

Ime Udoka scandal: Everything we know about Celtics suspending coach for affair

The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 NBA season after he had an intimate relationship with a team employee, the team announced. Udoka was entering his second season as head coach of the Celtics after leading the franchise to the 2022 NBA Finals in his debut year.

Here’s everything we know about Udoka’s affair.

What did Ime Udoka do?

Udoka had an affair with a woman on the Boston Celtics’ staff. He’s facing a suspension for a violation of the Celtics’ code of conduct.

How long is Ime Udoka’s suspension?

The Celtics announced on Thursday night that Udoka would be suspended for the entire 2022-2023 season, and that “a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date:”

What are the details of Ime Udoka’s affair?

Shams Charania added new insight into the Udoka scandal after the team announced the suspension. Charania reported that Udoka made “unwanted comments” towards the woman involved in the situation, which sparked an investigation. More from The Athletic:

Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.

Who is the Celtics’ head coach during Ime Udoka’s suspension?

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as head coach for the Celtics, per Woj.

The 34-year-old Mazzulla played college basketball at West Virginia, and landed his first NBA job with the Celtics in 2019.

Who is Ime Udoka in a relationship with?

The 45-year-old Udoka is engaged to actress Nia Long. The couple had their first child together in 2011, and became engaged in 2015. Long had said previously the couple may never marry.

Brad Stevens stood up for the women in the Celtics’ organization

The Celtics had a press conference on Friday addressing Udoka’s suspension. He made a point to call out the “bullshit” Twitter speculation about the women working for the organization as the story slowly leaked out.

Watch the Celtics’ press conference statement on Udoka

Ime Udoka committed more than one violation with Celtics

Will Ime Udoka be fired by the Celtics?

Udoka reportedly isn’t in jeopardy of losing his job, per Woj. As noted above, in announcing the suspension the Celtics stated that “a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.”

What did Ime Udoka say about the suspension?

Here’s his statement:

Brad Stevens will not coach the Celtics again

Stevens was the Celtics coach for eight seasons before having into a lead front office role and hiring Udoka. He said he won’t coach the Celtics again during Udoka’s suspension.

Who broke the Ime Udoka story?

The story slowly leaked out in the late hours of Wednesday morning when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Udoka was set to be disciplined by the team for an unspecified violation of conduct. The Athletic’s Shams Charania nailed down the details hours later.

Matt Barnes on Ime Udoka: “This situation in Boston is deep. It’s messy. It’s 100 times uglier than any of us thought.”

Will Ime Idoka resign from Celtics?

He reportedly won’t resign after initial reports said he might. Chris Haynes has the latest update:

We’ll update this story as it develops.

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