The Boston Celtics announced in a statement that the club is suspending head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for "violation of team policies". In a relationship with actress Nia Long, the coach had an intimate relationship with a member of his staffwhich is contrary to the Celtics' internal code of conduct, which prohibits any relationship between two team members.
The press release specifies "that one decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.” Udoka was named head of the Celtics a year ago and took the NBA franchise to the final (against the Golden State Warriors, winners of the series 4 wins to 2). for the first time since 2010.