Celtics’ Ime Udoka gets suspended for ‘improper, consensual’ relationship with staff member, according to reports

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Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka faces disciplinary action, including a substantial suspension, for violating the team’s code of conduct after having an “inappropriate, intimate and consensual relationship” with a female staff member, Shams Charania from The Athletic reports.

Udoka’s job is not believed to be in danger, but a suspension is imminent, and a final decision on that length could come as soon as Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Coaching suspensions are extremely rare in the NBA. Washington Wizards Assistant Mike Batiste was banned for two games last season for entering the stands, and both Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd were given a one-game suspension for conduct that occurred within a match. A lengthy suspension for a coach, especially one imposed by the team, would be unprecedented.

Udoka took over from the Celtics as their first head coach last season, and despite a 23-24 start, the team amassed a stunning 28-7 finish and a final place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics came up short but would come in this season as the betting favorite to win the championship.

Now that Udoka’s status is unclear, that could easily change. This is just the latest issue to hit Boston in what has become a tumultuous off-season. Star ahead Jaylen Brown publicly commented on trade rumors about himself and Brooklyn nets star Kevin Durant. Free Agent Signing Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL while playing for the Italian national team. Start Center Robert Williams III is recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss training camp.

Now the Celtics may be without their coach for a significant part of the season. Suspension makes Boston’s road to a replay of the final even more perilous.

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