6:47 p.m. PT — The Celtics just suspended Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season … saying the coach violated team policies.
Udoka apologized to his players, fans and family shortly after the announcement.
The Celtics added that Udoka’s suspension could last longer than this year, saying in a statement: “A decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.”
Udoka will begin serving his ban immediately, the team said.
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a female staff member…and he’s now facing suspension for the whole thing.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night that the 45-year-old had had a “consensual intimate relationship” with a woman who has a role on Celtics personnel – a violation of Boston franchise guidelines.
As a result, according to Woj, Udoka faces a ban from the team which could be “meaningful”. Udoka’s job, however, doesn’t seem to be on the line.
More details regarding the allegations were not disclosed. Udoka and the Celtics have yet to respond to the report.
Udoka – who took over for the Celtics in 2021 and led the team to an NBA Finals appearance in his first year as chief – has been in a relationship with the actress Nia Long since 2010.
The couple reportedly got engaged in 2015 and have a child together.
Udoka played in the NBA for nearly a decade in the early 2000s – and began his coaching career with Spurs after his playing days in 2012.
He then coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets before joining the Celtics.
Originally Posted — 6:04 AM PT