Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka, has been a season-long suspension from the league. That is to say the 45-year old coach will not be part of Celtics’ activities for the whole of the 2022-23 NBA season.
The former LA Lakers player was busted having a “consensual affair” with a female staff of the team, and getting Ime Udoka suspended for a season, is the punitive measure that the Celtics franchise deemed fit.
The coach who has a Nigerian ancestry, is engaged to American actress, Nia Long. They both have a son who was born in 2011.
Earlier, sources disclosed to the media that the team have braced themselves up for any possible outcomes regarding the case.
Udoka joined the Celtics as head coach in June 2021. Before his move to the Celtics, Udoka served as Assistant Coach with the Spurs, 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.
He managed to qualify his team to the 2021-22 NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warrior. That was the first time in 10 years the Celtics made it to the finals.
Meanwhile, some people have been criticizing the franchise for having an issue with a “consensual” relationship its staff have had.
A journalist with the Sports Illustrator, Ashley Nicole Moss, believes there was no need for the franchise to bring to the fore coach Udoka’s affair with the female staff since she consented to it.
“Unless the Celtics planned on firing Ime Udoka — there was ZERO reason we needed to know this man’s personal business,” Nicole tweeted. “He’s not the ONLY coach in the history of basketball to have a relationship within the organization he works for and he certainly won’t be the last,” she added.
unless the Celtics planned on firing Ime Udoka — there was ZERO reason we needed to know this man’s personal business. he’s not the ONLY coach in the history of basketball to have a relationship within the organization he works for and he certainly won’t be the last
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) September 22, 2022
Meanwhile, an insider source revealed to Sports Illustrator that Udoka is considering the possibility of resigning from the franchise.
Source: NBA Republic