Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing a significant punishment for a consensual and intimate relationship with a female team staffer in violation of a team policy, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive topic.
ESPN published a report Wednesday night that said the relationship is considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines, according to sources. Disciplinary action that could include a suspension that could be announced as early as Thursday, and ESPN reported a season-long suspension has been discussed but his job is not “believed to be in jeopardy,” according to the sports web site .
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Boston’s top assistant last season, Will Hardy, took the Utah Jazz job in the offseason.
In his first year as the Celtics coach in 2021-22, Udoka led them to a 51-31 record and a spot in the NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. I have finished fourth in coach of the year voting, leading an impressive turnaround. Boston was 23-24 on Jan. 21 and went 28-7 the remainder of the season.
Before joining the Celtics, Udoka, who also had a brief NBA career as a player, was an assistant with Brooklyn, Philadelphia and San Antonio.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ime Udoka, Celtics coach, faces suspension for violating team policy