BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, effective immediately, and with no guarantee that he will return with the franchise in the future.
The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka had been suspended for “violations of team policies.” Earlier Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said Udoka was being disciplined for having an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization. These people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this detail publicly.
“A decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said.
Udoka, in a statement carried by ESPN, apologized but did not provide details.
“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I “I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will be making no further comment,” he said.
One of the people who spoke to the AP said Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla would take over on an interim basis.
This is the second major disciplinary situation in as many weeks in the NBA, following Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision last week to suspend Robert Sarver – the owner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury – for a year. and to fine him $10 million after an investigation. showed his pattern of disturbing behavior in the workplace, including abusive and racist language. Sarver said Wednesday that he intends to sell his teams.
Reynolds reported from Miami.
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