Ime Udoka allegedly used foul language before starting an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a woman


Udoka’s conduct would give him a “difficult path” back to the Celtics.

Ime Udoka has been suspended by the Celtics for the entire upcoming season. Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff

A few more details have been revealed on why Ime Udoka received a one-year suspension from the Celtics.

Udoka used foul language with a subordinate before beginning an “inappropriate relationship” with the woman, an independent law firm’s investigation revealed according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The investigation found that Udoka’s foul language was “particularly concerning coming from a superior at work”, Wojnarowski reported.

With Udoka suspended for the full season due to his actions, there is a “difficult path” for him to return as Celtics coach, but Boston would “not stand in the way” of Udoka coaching elsewhere. added Wojnarowski.

Udoka’s suspension is currently effective until June 30, 2023. However, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said on September 23 that there was no guarantee the team would reinstate Udoka after that date.

“We will make a decision later on Ime’s future with us and that will be discussed at another time and has not been decided at this stage,” Grousbeck said.

The Celtics’ investigation of Udoka ended on September 21, when it was first reported that Udoka was facing a suspension for violating team policy, Grousbeck said. during the press conference. Grousbeck said he hired an outside law firm “as soon as we learned there was a potential situation.”

“The investigation had a few twists and turns,” Grousbeck said. “It took time to develop all the facts. It finally ended – so far it all ended two days ago.

Grousbeck noted that the investigation revealed that Udoka had committed multiple violations of the team’s conduct policy.

Udoka’s suspension is considered unprecedented considering he came off the team due to off-field issues in addition to helping the Celtics reach the NBA Finals in his first season. . Grousbeck defended his decision to suspend Udoka for one season.

“It felt right to me, but there are no clear guidelines for any of this,” Grousbeck said. It’s really about awareness and intuition and being here for 20 years. I’m responsible for the decision, ultimately, but I took a lot of advice from partners, like Brad and others, and we collectively came to this and got there. It was unclear what to do. But it was clear that something substantial needed to be done in my view – and it was.

Grousbeck neither confirmed nor denied whether Udoka received a fine on top of the suspension, but also said that “suspension comes with a really big penalty when you clean everything up.”

Wojnarowski also reported on Friday that teams have already “tried to piece together a preliminary understanding of the full explanation” for Udoka’s suspension as they possibly assess him for potential job offers.


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