Boston Celtics Address “Unfortunate” Ime Udoka Controversy

The Celtics announced on Sept. 22 that Udoka was suspended as the coach for the 2022-2023 basketball season, effective immediately, for “violations of team policies.”

While the organization did not elaborate further on what policies were broken, ESPN, citing multiple sources, shared earlier that day that Udoka—who is engaged to actress Nia Long—was facing disciplinary action for allegedly having “an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.”

Following the Celtics’ announcement, Udoka issued an apology for his actions. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” he said in a statement to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews Sept. 22. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.”

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