Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for 2022-23 season for violating team policies

The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies, the team announced Thursday.

The team says a decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that Udoka was facing the punishment for his role in a “consensual relationship with a female staff member.”

After the suspension was announced, Wojnarowski reported the Celtics have made assistant coach Joe Mazzulla the interim head coach.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews tweeted out a statement from Udoka after the decision apologizing or his actions

“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. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

Udoka became the Celtics head coach at the start of last season and guided the club to the NBA Finals, where Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors.

Previously, he was an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

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