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Celtics’ Ime Udoka receives season-long suspension over alleged affair with staffer

Celtics’ Ime Udoka receives season-long suspension over alleged affair with staffer

  • Celtics
Sep 23
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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was caught in the limelight of social media this week after he allegedly had a scandalous affair with a female co-worker.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Udoka was subject to disciplinary action over an “unspecified violation of organizational guidelines.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Udoka had “an improper intimate and consensual relationship” with a Celtics female staffer. Regardless of it being consensual, Udoka was suspended from the franchise for at least a year as it was considered to be a violation of team guidelines, multiple sources revealed.

Reportedly, there were talks of Udoka’s departure from the Celtics. However, the franchise was far from keen on releasing the 45-year-old after he led the team to the NBA Finals last season.

It was also said that in Udoka’s likely absence, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla might take over the head coaching position until Boston makes another move.

Both Udoka and longtime girlfriend/fiancee Nia Long were not committed to marriage. The pair met almost a decade ago in 2010 after a mutual friend reportedly set them up in Boston in February when Udoka was still playing for the Sacramento Kings, while Long was filming for NBC. The couple welcomed a son the following year and got engaged later in 2015.

The news of Udoka’s scandal was not accepted well by fans, and some were merciless in turning the coach into a meme. Twitter user @ThePettiestLA, posted a video of three men dancing, with a caption that reads: “Doc Rivers, Adam LeVine, & Ime Udoka coordinating their deviant behavior for this week”

Celtics will miss him


Udoka is the fifth coach in the past 25 years to reach the NBA Finals in his first season as a head coach and the first since Nick Nurse in 2019.  Last season, Ime Udoka achieved great success with the Boston Celtics. Over the course of one season, Udoka turned the Celtics from a playoff team to a title contender.

"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 this difficult situation, and I accept the team's decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

- Ime Udoka

  • Ime Udoka

    Ime Sunday Udoka is a Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association .

  • Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston.

  • Nia Long

    Nia Talita Long is an American actress. She has received several accolades, including three NAACP Image Awards and a Black Reel Award.