Report: Celtics' Ime Udoka Facing Suspension for Consensual Relationship with Staffer

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 22, 2022

Boston - June 16: Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) did not agree with a referee (right) in the second quarter. The Boston Celtics hosted the Golden State Warriors for Game Six of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden in Boston on June 17, 2022. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is facing potential disciplinary action, which includes a "significant suspension" for having a consensual relationship with a woman on the Celtics staff, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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ESPN Sources: Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action – including a significant suspension – for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Discussions are ongoing within the Celtics on a final determination. <a href="https://t.co/1QZb0k326F">pic.twitter.com/1QZb0k326F</a>

Wojnarowski noted that Udoka's job is not currently in jeopardy and that a decision on the length of the suspension could come on Thursday. He also reported that Udoka could be sidelined for the entire 2022-23 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

No final decision has been made on the length of a suspension, but internal discussions have included scenarios that would keep Udoka out for the entirety of the 2022-2023 season, sources told ESPN. <a href="https://t.co/Vnn2wWVcKA">https://t.co/Vnn2wWVcKA</a>

The Celtics hired the 45-year-old Udoka last offseason. Udoka had spent 2012-2021 as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

In his first year as head coach, Udoka guided the C's to their first Eastern Conference title since 2010. Boston fell to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics are less than a month away from opening their season, as they start the 2022-23 campaign on Oct. 18 at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. There's now a significant possibility that Udoka won't be at that game given the latest news.