The Boston Celtics made the appropriate decision to suspend coach Ime Udoka for an entire season over his intimate relationship with a female member of the organization, owner Wyc Grousbeck said Friday, telling a news conference there “was enough there to take an action.”
“This felt right, but there’s no clear guidelines for any of this,” Grousbeck said when asked if Udoka should have been fired. “This is really a conscious, gut feel and being here 20 years.”
He added that nobody else in the organization is facing penalty or reprimand.
The team suspended Udoka for the entirety of the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies, the franchise announced Thursday. The second-year coach’s punishment is a result of an intimate relationship with a female member of the organization, as The Athletic first reported Thursday morning. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.
Joe Mazzulla, who served as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics since 2019, has been named the team’s interim coach.