BOSTON (WPRI) — Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is facing disciplinary action for violating team policy.
Udoka, 45, has been suspended, effective immediately, for the 2022-23 season.
“A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the team said in a statement.
The team has not specified which team policies Udoka violated. However, ESPN is reporting that Udoka allegedly had an intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team’s staff. The relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines.
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Udoka released a statement shortly after news of his suspension dropped.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.”
Udoka just led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first year as head coach and finished fourth in Coach of the Year voting.
ESPN reports that the Celtics have selected Johnston native and former Bishop Hendricken star Joe Mazzulla the team’s interim head coach. Mazzulla has been an assistant coach for Boston since 2019.
Training camp is scheduled to begin next week.