Watch Coach Ime Udoka scandal, sleeping with Celtics staff member facing suspension
Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing the possibility of a monster ban for having an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff.
The suspension news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski before The Athletic’s Shams Charania released details surrounding the potentially incoming ban for violating the Celtics’ code of conduct.
“Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff. It’s been deemed a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct,” Charania reported.
If Udoka is suspended for a significant amount of time, it would be a blow to the Celtics, who thought they had their coach of the present — and future. Udoka led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference championship and a berth in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in his first season as head coach.
Wojnarowski reported internal discussions were ongoing however one scenario floated was a season-long ban for Udoka.
Udoka and his partner, actor Nia Long – who featured in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Big Momma’s House, and passed on a role in Charlie’s Angels – are said to have been separated prior to this scandal playing.
Celtics should have just fired coach Ime Udoka, he’s completely compromised by the vague nature of this scandal, at some point it’s going to get leaked on social media. WATCH/SHARE: pic.twitter.com/QJfX2qWG05
— Ben Maller (@benmaller) September 24, 2022
Social media went into a spin when the news was announced with fans believing there was more to the story than had been reported.
Ime Udoka's violation is an 'improper and consensual relationship' with a female member of the team staff. We go through compliance training every year, and I can't tell you how many times details on "having a relationship with someone you are a superior over" is brought up.
— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) September 22, 2022
Feels like there's still a missing piece to this Ime Udoka story if the #Celtics are considering a season-long suspension.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) September 22, 2022
Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s been deemed a violation of franchise’s code of conduct.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2022