After his allegation ‘sleeping around’, Ime Udoka continued to reportedly make ‘unwanted comments’ to a female Celtics staffer regarding an alleged issue.
Ime Udoka has received additional report: ‘unwanted comments’
As information about the Celtics’ decision to suspend coach Ime Udoka for the full 2022-23 season for “violations of team policies” emerged, questions remained about the timing and severity of the punishment.
Earlier, reports about Udoka’s relationship with the staff member suggested that it was mutual.
Later on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic revealed new info about Udoka’s reported relationship with a female Celtics staff member.
“Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said,” Charania wrote. “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.”
“The team’s decision and announcement came after a closed-door meeting Thursday that involved team owners and president Brad Stevens and lasted several hours, sources said,” via Charania. “Earlier Thursday, Stevens and members of the Celtics front office met with players at the team facility.”
Udoka stated in a statement following the suspension that he accepted the team’s decision.
About Ime Udoka
|Position||Head coach (suspended)|
|Born||August 9, 1977
|Nationality||American / Nigerian|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Jefferson (Portland, Oregon)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Number||5, 8, 3|
|2002–2003||North Charleston Lowgators|
|2004||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2005–2006||Fort Worth Flyers|
|2006||New York Knicks|
|2006–2007||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2007–2009||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010–2011||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012–2019||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|2019–2020||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2020–2021||Brooklyn Nets (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,635 (5.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||926 (2.9 rpg)|
|Assists||308 (1.0 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|