Coach Ime Udoka suspended for a year for violating Celtics code of conduct?

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka had what was considered a “inappropriate intimate and consensual relationship” with an employee of the organization, The Athletic reported Thursday morning. A relationship that violates the organization's code of conduct, according to the report.

ESPN reported Wednesday night that Udoka could face disciplinary action, including a hefty full-season suspension, for an undisclosed violation of the organization's guidelines. This report indicated that conversations between the league and the Celtics were taking place to determine the right course of action.

No details regarding the length of a possible suspension were mentioned, but ESPN reported that a suspension is actually imminent and could be handed down as early as Thursday.

Boston is handling the situation internally and Udoka is not under scrutiny from the league itself, according to the ESPN report.

In his first season as head coach Udoka, 45, led the Celtics to the NBA Finals, where they ultimately lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. Boston finished the regular season with a 51-31 record before beating the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat in the Playoffs.

Udoka previously served as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs (2012-19), Philadelphia 76ers (2019-20) and Nets (2020-21) after a seven-year playing career in the NBA.

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