BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, efficient instantly, and with no assure he shall be again with the franchise sooner or later.
The Celtics mentioned Thursday evening that Udoka was suspended for “violations of staff insurance policies.”
“A choice about his future with the Celtics past this season shall be made at a later date,” the Celtics mentioned.
Udoka, in an announcement printed by ESPN, apologized however didn’t provide element.
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, your entire Celtics group, and my household for letting them down. I’m sorry for placing the staff on this tough state of affairs, and I settle for the staff’s resolution. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark,” he mentioned.
It’s the second main disciplinary state of affairs in as many weeks within the NBA, following the choice final week by Commissioner Adam Silver to droop Robert Sarver — the proprietor of the Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury — for one yr and effective him $10 million after an investigation confirmed his sample of disturbing office conduct, together with abusive and racist language. Sarver mentioned Wednesday he intends to promote his groups.