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. He represented the Nigeria national team during his playing career.
Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing the possibility of a monster ban for having an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff.
The suspension news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski before The Athletic’s Shams Charania released details surrounding the potentially incoming ban for violating the Celtics’ code of conduct.
“Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff. It’s been deemed a violation of franchise’s code of conduct,” Charania reported.
If Udoka is suspended for a significant amount of time, it would be a blow to the Celtics, who thought they had their coach of the present — and future.
Udoka led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference championship and a berth in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in his first season as head coach.
Wojnarowski reported internal discussions were ongoing however one scenario floated was a season-long ban for Udoka.
Udoka and his partner, actor Nia Long - who featured in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Big Momma’s House, and passed on a role in Charlie’s Angels - are said to have been separated prior to this scandal playing out.