Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire 2022-23 season, the team announced on Thursday. The suspension is the result of a “violation of team policies”, the Celtics said in a statement.
The team said the suspension took effect immediately and “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.”
The Celtics have not publicly disclosed which policies Udoka violated.
Athletics Shams Charaniya on Wednesday informed of that Udoka had an “inappropriately intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of team staff.”
The Boston Celtics will enter the 2022–23 season as the defending Eastern Conference champions. They lost two of four games last season to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
According to ESPN, assistant coach Joe Majulla will take over as head coaching this season. Adrian Wojnarowski,
Udoka spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs from 2012 to 2019, before becoming the head coach of the Celtics in 2021. He spent a year as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019, followed by another season. As an assistant to the Brooklyn Nets.