Ime Udoka investigation: Boston Celtics coach used crude language toward female staff member, per report


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An investigation by an independant law firm commissioned by the Boston Celtics found that head coach Ime Udoka used crude language toward a female subordinate before starting his inappropriate workplace relationship with her, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Udoka was recently suspended for the entire 2022-23 NBA season over what the team officially called “violations of team policies.”

When the Celtics first learned of the relationship between Udoka and the staff member in July, they were led to believe it was consensual, according to The Athletic. However, when the woman accused Udoka of sending unwanted messages, the team opened up an independant investigation. 

The findings, which led the team to suspend Udoka for the entirety of the season, had been a tightly guarded secret. During a press conference earlier this month, neither co-owner Wyc Grousbeck nor president of basketball operations Brad Stevens would discuss specifics. Likewise, players indicated on media day that they were still in the dark

Based on Wojnarowski’s reporting, we now have more information. Udoka’s text contained language that was “especially concerning coming from a workplace superior” and will make it difficult for him to ever return as the team’s coach. In addition to the words he used, the power imbalance between himself and the staff member contributed to the suspension.