Celtics' suspension of head coach Ime Udoka follows ‘thorough investigation,’ team owner says
The Boston Celtics held a press conference one day after suspending head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 NBA season for "violations of team policies."
Udoka reportedly had a consensual relationship with a female staffer within the Celtics organization.
Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck and President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens were present at the press conference.
CELTICS SUSPEND IME UDOKA FOR ENTIRE 2022-23 SEASON FOR ‘VIOLATIONS OF TEAM POLICIES’Grousbeck told reporters that the suspension came after a months-long investigation by an external law firm that conducted a "thorough investigation."
"We learned over the summer, some part of the summer, that there was a situation," Grousbeck said Friday.
Udoka, who was preparing to enter his second season as head coach of the organization, apologized in a statement Thursday evening.
ESPN STAR SUGGESTS IME UDOKA SITUATION AMPLIFIED BECAUSE OF RACE, ACCUSES CELTICS OF LEAKING INFO"I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down," Udoka said.
"I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.
The Celtics are fresh off an appearance in the NBA Finals, where Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Celtics were one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference in 2022 before the news of Udoka’s suspension.
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But it was clear that something substantial needed to be done, in my view, and it was."