Ime Udoka allegation causes to Internal Celtics Review: Report

Ime Udoka allegation causes to Internal Celtics Review: Report

Ime Udoka allegation relating to a Twitter ‘sleeping around’ drama. The accusation leveled against Ime Udoka prompted the Celtics to conduct an internal investigation.

What exactly is the Ime Udoka allegation?

The Boston Celtics revealed by Twitter that Head Coach Ime Udoka will be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season, just days before training camp begins. Furthermore, a choice on his future with the team will be made at a later date.

Details are gradually being disclosed. Shams Charania of The Athletic discovered new developments in the ongoing investigation on September 23.

“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.”

When Charania first broke the story, he claimed that Udoka’s infringement was the result of an “improper intimate” and “consensual relationship” with the staffer, which may or may not have contributed to Udoka’s suspension for the season

When he reported that Udoka would likely be suspended for the season on September 22, Adrian Wojnarowski echoed that the relationship was mutual.

Following the official announcement of Udoka’s suspension, Udoka issued a public declaration via Malika Andrews’ Twitter account, expressing his thoughts on the matter.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he said.

It should be noted that Udoka’s statement does not deny any of the reports about his actions within the organization, and more details may emerge in the coming days.

On September 21, Wojnarowski revealed that Udoka’s job as head coach was safe, but that may not be the case now that the Celtics have stated that they will take a decision on his future at a later date.

Meanwhile, while Udoka is suspended, the Celtics will be led by assistant coach Joe Mazzulla as interim head coach.

Could Ime Resign?

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated revealed that Udoka had considered resigning as head coach after Wojnarowski reported that Udoka was likely to be suspended for the season.


NBA Insider Chris Haynes later revealed that Udoka had not resigned as the team’s head coach prior to his suspension becoming official.

With Udoka’s suspension now official and Shams Charania’s report detailing accusations of unwanted comments since Haynes’ report was released, Udoka’s willingness to stay could be influenced. If he intends to stay, and the Celtics maintain the suspension without firing him, it’s difficult to see how this exploration won’t follow him for the rest of his tenancy as head coach.

About Ime Udoka

Boston Celtics
Position Head coach (suspended)
League NBA
Personal information
Born August 9, 1977 (age 45)
Portland, Oregon
Nationality American / Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson (Portland, Oregon)
  • Utah State Eastern (1995–1997)
  • San Francisco (1997–1998)
  • Portland State (1999–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 2000–2012
Position Small forward
Number 5, 8, 3
Coaching career 2012–present
Career history
As player:
2000–2001 Fargo-Moorhead Beez
2001 Independiente
2002–2003 North Charleston Lowgators
2003 Adirondack Wildcats
2003–2004 Charleston Lowgators
2004 Los Angeles Lakers
2004 Charleston Lowgators
2004 Gran Canaria
2005 JA Vichy
2005–2006 Fort Worth Flyers
2006 New York Knicks
2006–2007 Portland Trail Blazers
2007–2009 San Antonio Spurs
2009–2010 Sacramento Kings
2010–2011 San Antonio Spurs
2012 UCAM Murcia
As coach:
2012–2019 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
2019–2020 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2020–2021 Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
2021–present Boston Celtics 
Career highlights and awards
As player:

  • All-NBA D-League First Team (2006)
  • All-NBDL Second Team (2004)
  • Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award (2006)

As assistant coach:

  • NBA champion (2014)
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,635 (5.2 ppg)
Rebounds 926 (2.9 rpg)
Assists 308 (1.0 apg)
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Stats at
Men’s Basketball
Representing  Nigeria
African Championships
2005 Algeria Nigeria
2011 Madagascar Nigeria