Ime Udoka, head coach of the Boston Celtics, has been suspended for the entire NBA season for violating team policies, the organization announced Thursday evening.
The team added that a decision on Udoka’s future with the Celtics will be made at a later date. His suspension took effect immediately.
According to ESPN, The Athletic and the Boston Globe, Udoka had a consensual relationship with a female staff member at the team.
“I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision,” Udoka told ESPN in a statement in which he apologized to players, fans, of the organization and his family.
CNN has contacted the Celtics for further comment.
Udoka took over from Brad Stevens as the team’s head coach ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season and coached the Celtics to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, where they lost 4-2 to the NBA. Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics will begin their season on October 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden in Boston. NBA training camps open next week with the first preseason games scheduled within a week from Friday.