Celtics suspend manager Ime Udoka for the entire upcoming season after ‘violating team policy’

Boston — The Boston Celtics have suspended manager Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, effective immediately, with no guarantee that he will return to the franchise in the future.

The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka was suspended for “team policy violations.”

Earlier Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said that Udoka was being disciplined due to an inappropriate relationship with an employee of the organization.

“The decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said.

Udoka, in a statement released by ESPN, apologized but offered no details.

“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 such a difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he said.

One of the people who spoke to The AP said Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over on an interim basis.

It’s the second major disciplinary situation in as many weeks in the NBA, following commissioner Adam Silver’s decision last week to suspend Robert Sarver, the owner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, for one year and fine him $10 million.

An investigation revealed his pattern of disruptive behavior in the workplace, including abusive and racist language. Sarver said Wednesday that he intends to sell the equipment from him.

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