Ime Udoka suspended by Boston Celtics for entire 2022-23 NBA season


The Boston Celtics on Thursday suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for “violations of team policies”, according to a statement released by the team.

“A decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said in a statement. “The suspension takes effect immediately.”

Udoka had a consensual relationship with a Celtics staffer, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak about the sensitive nature of the subject.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim coach, according to ESPN.

“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN. “I’m 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.”

USA Today

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