The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 NBA season after he had an intimate relationship with a team employee, the team announced. Udoka was entering his second season as head coach of the Celtics after leading the franchise to the 2022 NBA Finals in his debut year.
Here’s everything we know about Udoka’s affair.
What did Ime Udoka do?
Udoka had a consensual romantic affair with a woman on the Boston Celtics’ staff. He’s facing a suspension for a violation of the Celtics’ code of conduct.
How long is Ime Udoka’s suspension?
The Celtics announced on Thursday night that Udoka would be suspended for the entire 2022-2023 season, and that “a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date:”
What are the details of Ime Udoka’s affair?
Shams Charania added new insight into the Udoka scandal after the team announced the suspension. Charania reported that Udoka made “unwanted comments” towards the woman involved in the situation, which sparked an investigation. More from The Athletic:
Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.
Who is the Celtics’ head coach during Ime Udoka’s suspension?
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as head coach for the Celtics, per Woj.
The 34-year-old Mazzulla played college basketball at West Virginia, and landed his first NBA job with the Celtics in 2019.
Who is Ime Udoka in a relationship with?
The 45-year-old Udoka is engaged to actress Nia Long. The couple had their first child together in 2011, and became engaged in 2015. Long had said previously the couple may never marry.
Will Ime Udoka be fired by the Celtics?
Udoka reportedly isn’t in jeopardy of losing his job, per Woj. As noted above, in announcing the suspension the Celtics stated that “a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.”
What did Ime Udoka say about the suspension?
Here’s his statement:
Who broke the Ime Udoka story?
The story slowly leaked out in the late hours of Wednesday morning when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Udoka was set to be disciplined by the team for an unspecified violation of conduct. The Athletic’s Shams Charania nailed down the details hours later.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s been deemed a violation of franchise’s code of conduct.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2022
Will Ime Idoka resign from Celtics?
He reportedly won’t resign after initial reports said he might. Chris Haynes has the latest update:
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka will not be resigning from his position as he awaits sanction from the organization, league sources tell @NBAonTNT.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 22, 2022
Ime Udoka has considered the possibility of resigning, sources told @SInow. Internally, coaches and staff members are bracing for the likelihood that Udoka will be suspended for one year for having a relationship with a female staffer.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) September 22, 2022
We’ll update this story as it develops.