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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka slapped with a significant suspension for “an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff”

No official decision has been made yet, but Woj tweeted that the Celtics have discussed suspending Udoka for the entire '22/'23 season.
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka

Ime Udoka

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka will face a significant suspension this season as The Atheltic’s Shams Charania reported that Udoka was caught having an inappropriate intimate consensual relationship with a female member of the Celtics staff. There is no clarity on how long Udoka’s suspension will last, but the Celtics have already deemed it to be a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.

Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, is in a committed relationship with his long-time finance, actress Nia Long. With training camp and media day less than a week away, this is unfortunate news for the Boston Celtics, who didn’t have the best offseason.

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The news was obviously leaked on the day Robert Sarver announced he's selling the Suns and Mercury as a classic news dump. All eyes will be on Sarver, but fans in Boston will surely focus on this story. Especially given the fact Woj is reporting internal discussions “have included scenarios that would keep Udoka out for the entirety of the 2022-2023 season.”

The team had to deal with the Jalen Brown for Kevin Durant trade rumors, Danilo Gallinari’s ACL injury (which has ruled him out for the season), and finding out that Grant Williams won’t be available for training camp this season. The news on Udoka’s affairs will undoubtedly be a massive distraction for Boston as they begin their revenge season in a few days. 

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