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Ime Udoka issues apology as Celtics officially announce suspension


Udoka issues apology as Celtics officially announce suspension initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It’s official: Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is suspended for the whole 2022-23 NBA season for violating group insurance policies.

The group introduced the pinnacle coach’s suspension in a press launch Thursday night time. A call about Udoka’s future with the Celtics can be made at a later date and the suspension takes impact instantly.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Udoka “had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff.” While the reasoning for Udoka’s suspension has but to be confirmed, he issued an apology for his actions in a press release.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” he wrote, via ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “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.”

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix experiences that there are not any ensures Udoka will resume his function with the Celtics as soon as his suspension is over.

Replacing Udoka as Celtics interim head coach can be assistant Joe Mazzulla, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Mazzulla joined the C’s as an assistant with the Maine Red Claws earlier than taking a school head teaching job. He returned to the group as a part of Brad Stevens’ employees in 2019.

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The Celtics start coaching camp subsequent week and can open their preseason on Oct. 2. Their regular-season opener is scheduled for Oct. 18 at TD Garden.

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