Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics head coach, suspended for complete NBA season

The crew added {that a} determination on Udoka’s future with the Celtics might be made at a later date. His suspension was efficient instantly.

Based on ESPN, The Athletic and the Boston Globe, Udoka had a consensual relationship with a feminine member of the crew’s workers.

“I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision,” Udoka mentioned to ESPN in an announcement by which he apologized to the gamers, followers, group and his household.

CNN has reached out to the Celtics for additional remark.

Udoka took over because the crew’s head coach from Brad Stevens forward of the 2021-22 NBA season and coached the Celtics to their first NBA Finals look since 2010, the place they misplaced 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors.

On Friday, Celtics proprietor Wycliffe “Wyc” Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens spoke with the media to debate Udoka’s suspension.

Grousbeck defined that the choice to suspended Udoka was taken after the group introduced in a “respected law firm to conduct an impartial investigation” having realized concerning the allegations over the summer time.

Grousbeck mentioned he felt the season-long suspension — which can include a “significant financial penalty,” in keeping with the proprietor — is “well-warranted and appropriate and backed by substantial research and facts.”

He added: “Ime has personally told me in a private conversation, just the general theme was — I’d say — acceptance and appreciation for how this has been handled.”

Grousbeck additionally defined that the gamers are “very concerned” after discussions with them. “It is not a welcome development, but they also have, I felt, energy, focus, commitment and drive to really accomplish great things this season.”

Stevens choked up when speaking concerning the influence the information has had on ladies within the group, saying: “We have a lot of talented women in our organization.

“I assumed yesterday was actually onerous on them. No one can management Twitter hypothesis — rampant bulls**t. We as a company have a accountability to ensure we help them now as a result of lots of people have been dragged unfairly.”

Gary Washburn, national basketball writer for the Boston Globe, told John Berman and Brianna Keilar on CNN’s New Day that Udoka may never coach the Celtics again.

“This might have been one thing that was in his contract,” Washburn said. “You already know, ‘You are not in a position to have relationships with members of the organizations, particularly those that are below you.’ So, sadly, for coach Udoka, he broke these legal guidelines, broke these guidelines and now he is not out of a job, however he is as near out of a job as he can get.

“He’ll be suspended for a year and the organization did not promise he’ll be back in 2023-24. They said they’ll review it then, so he may never coach the Boston Celtics again.”

The Celtics begin their season on October 18 in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers on the TD Backyard in Boston. NBA coaching camps open subsequent week with the primary preseason video games scheduled for per week from Friday.

CNN’s Jacob Lev and Homero De la Fuente contributed to this report.