Celtics' Ime Udoka faces suspension for 'inappropriate and consensual' relationship with staff member, reports say

Celtics’ Ime Udoka faces suspension for ‘inappropriate and consensual’ relationship with staff member, reports say

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Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces disciplinary action, which could include a significant suspension, for violating the team’s code of conduct after having an ‘inappropriate, intimate and consensual relationship’ with a woman staff member, Shams Charania reports from The Athletic.

Udoka’s job is not believed to be in jeopardy, but a suspension is looming, and a final decision on that duration could come as early as Thursday, according to ESPN. Adrian Wojnarowski.

Coaching suspensions are extremely rare in the NBA. Washington Wizards assistant Mike Batiste was suspended two games last season for entering the stands, and Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd both earned one-game suspensions for conduct that occurred at the course of a game. A lengthy suspension for a coach, especially a team-imposed suspension, would be unprecedented.

Udoka took over the Celtics last season as head coach for the first time and, despite a 23-24 start, rallied the team to a stellar 28-7 finish and an eventual place in the finals of the NBA. The Celtics failed, but needed to come into this season as betting favorites to win the championship.

Since Udoka’s status is unclear, this could easily change. It’s just the latest problem to befall Boston in what has become a tumultuous offseason. Star forward Jaylen Brown has publicly commented on trade rumors involving himself and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. Free agent signing Danilo Gallinari tore his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for the Italian national team. Starting center Robert Williams III is recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss training camp.

Now the Celtics could be without their coach for a significant portion of the season. If he finds himself suspended, Boston’s road to another trip to the Finals becomes even more perilous.

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