Boston Celtics person suspended caput manager Ime Udoka for the full 2022-23 play for a usurpation of the team's policies, the enactment confirmed Thursday night.
Reports accidental helium engaged successful a consensual intimate narration with a pistillate subordinate of the team's staff.
A connection released by the Celtics confirmed reports that the suspension would past the full NBA calendar but a determination connected his aboriginal with the franchise would beryllium made 'at a aboriginal date'.
The connection read: 'The Boston Celtics announced contiguous that the squad has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 play for violations of squad policies.
'A determination astir his aboriginal with the Celtics beyond this play volition beryllium made astatine a aboriginal date. The suspension takes effect immediately.'
Udoka apologized to the players, fans and squad for 'putting the broadside successful a hard situation' successful connection released Thursday night.
'I privation to apologize to our players, fans, the full Celtics organization, and my household for letting them down,' Udoka's connection read.
'I americium atrocious for putting the squad successful this hard situation, and I judge the team's decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I volition person nary further comment.'
Celtics manager Ime Udoka has been suspended for the full play aft violating squad policy
Boston said a determination connected his aboriginal with the franchise would beryllium made 'at a aboriginal date'
In his place, adjunct manager Joe Mazzulla volition service arsenic interim caput manager for the remainder of the season.
Reports emerged past nighttime that Udoka would look a 'significant suspension' for an unnamed usurpation of squad policies. Rumors surfaced afterwards that it was owed to a narration with a Celtics unit member.
Udoka has been engaged for years to histrion Nia Long, who gave commencement to the couple's lad successful 2011. However, Long and Udoka were 'believed to person been separated anterior to existent issue,' according to Bally Sports' Brandon Robinson.
In his place, adjunct Joe Mazzulla (L) volition go interim caput manager aft different adjunct manager Will Hardy (R), near Boston to go caput manager of the Utah Jazz
Udoka has been engaged to histrion Nia Long (left), who gave commencement to the couple's lad successful 2011
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who archetypal reported the looming suspension, claimed that Udoka's occupation is not successful jeopardy. However, the connection successful the Celtics connection suggests removal from the occupation is inactive a possibility.
Stephen A. Smith - besides of ESPN - criticised the media frenzy astir Udoka and suggested his backstage beingness was 'none of our business'.
'I got quality for you America: There are plentifulness of achromatic folks successful nonrecreational sports that's doing their thing,' Smith said successful effect to the quality astir Udoka, who is African American. 'And I accidental that not complimentary. I don't spot the accusation retired astir them.
'[I] can't number the amounts of fraternization, oregon situation I accidental more, that goes connected successful practically each enactment successful NBA, NFL and MLB — radical get together, they moving together, that worldly happens each the time.'
Smith besides questioned the prime to leak accusation astir a backstage matter betwixt 2 consenting adults.
Ime Udoka's alleged matter with a Boston Celtics unit subordinate is not immoderate of the public's business, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Thursday, adding that the team's handling of his reported looming suspension reveals a radical treble standard
'Why are we talking astir this now?' Smith asked rhetorically. 'We gotta speech astir it due to the fact that it's the news. Ain't nary of our damn business, unless you occurrence him.'
Udoka was named caput manager of the Boston Celtics astatine the commencement of the 2021-22 play aft erstwhile caput manager Brad Stevens was promoted to President of Basketball Operations.
In his archetypal play arsenic a caput coach, Udoka amassed a 51-31 grounds and guided the Celtics to a regular-season Atlantic Division title.
The Celtics volition clasp a media time connected Monday earlier opening grooming campy connected Tuesday. Their archetypal preseason crippled is location against the Charlotte Hornets connected October 2. Boston opens their regular play slate connected October 18 astatine location against the 76ers.
Before coaching with the Celtics, Udoka spent clip arsenic an adjunct manager for 8 seasons astatine the San Antonio Spurs nether caput manager Gregg Popovich, helping to triumph an NBA rubric successful 2014.
Prior to joining Boston, Udoka won a ringing arsenic an adjunct manager with the San Antonio Spurs
Udoka near San Antonio successful 2019, moving to the Philadelphia 76ers. The pursuing season, helium became an adjunct manager with the Brooklyn Nets.
He was past hired arsenic the caput manager of the Celtics, becoming the 5th achromatic caput manager successful the team's history.
A Portland native, Udoka played astatine Portland State earlier a journeyman’s vocation that took him from low-level, autarkic leagues to Europe and yet the NBA, wherever helium carved retired seat roles with the Spurs. He besides had little stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Sacramento Kings.