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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Boston Celtics suspend Ime Udoka over consensual sex with a female staffer

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Boston Celtics has suspended Ime Udoka over consensual sex with a female staffer. (Read More Here).

The team cited violations of team policies in its announcement. Sources previously told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise's staff.

The suspension is effective immediately, and a decision about Udoka's future with the organization will be made later, the team said.

"I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team's decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment," Udoka said in a statement to ESPN's Malika Andrews.

The season-long suspension for Udoka is largely unprecedented for a sitting head coach in the NBA.

He replaced Brad Stevens as coach. Stevens moved upstairs to be Boston's president of basketball operations after his predecessor in that job, Danny Ainge, chose to leave the organization.

In his first season as coach, Udoka oversaw a remarkable turnaround in Boston, one that saw the Celtics go from being under .500 in late January to closing the season with a 28-7 record over their final 35 games. They then authored an impressive run through the Eastern Conference playoffs, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.

Udoka is the fifth coach in the past 25 years to reach the NBA Finals in his first season as a head coach and the first since Nick Nurse in 2019.

This one year suspension of Ime Udoka would be unprecedented for an NBA coach, as no one has ever been given one this long.

The coaching move may affect the odds of the Celtics of reaching the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year, despite them being projected as the favorites in the Eastern Conference, this entire situation could derail their expectations.

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