BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season with immediate effect, without any guarantees he will return with the franchise in the future.
The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka had been suspended for “violating team policies”. Earlier on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said that Udoka was being sanctioned because of an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organisation. Those people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose that detail publicly.
“A decision on his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said.
Udoka apologized in a statement published by ESPN but did not provide details.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. I am sorry to put the team in this difficult position, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further,” he said.
One of the people the AP spoke with said Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over on an interim basis.
It is the second major disciplinary situation in the NBA in as many weeks, following a decision last week by commissioner Adam Silver to suspend Robert Sarver — owner of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury — for a year and after an investigation into him by $ 10 million fined. Showed its own pattern of disturbing workplace conduct, including abusive and racist language. Sarwar said on Wednesday that he intends to sell his teams.
Reynolds reported from Miami.
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