When the Celtics discovered that Ime Udoka and a female employee were having an affair, it didn’t seem to be a big deal because they both said it was a consensual relationship.
Even if they work together, consensual relationships between adults don’t lead to coaches being suspended for a year.
What happened after the staffer broke off the affair caused Celtics brass to take a closer look and ultimately decide that Udoka deserved to be suspended for the year, according to the Athletic.
The Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entirety of the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies, the franchise announced Thursday. The team added in a statement that “a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.”
The second-year coach’s punishment is a result of an intimate relationship with a female member of the organization, as The Athletic first reported Thursday morning.
Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.
The team’s decision and announcement came after a closed-door meeting Thursday that involved team owners and president Brad Stevens and lasted several hours, sources said. Earlier Thursday, Stevens and members of the Celtics front office met with players at the team facility.
One would imagine the Celtics are doing everything possible to ensure that a lawsuit doesn’t happen because everything would become public.
The only way I can see Udoka keeping his job is if the Celtics tank the season, but if they are decent and make it to the playoffs, I doubt he would be welcome back.
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