BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, effective immediately, with no guarantee that he will return to the franchise in the future.
The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka was suspended for “team policy violations.”
“The decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said.
Udoka, in a statement released by ESPN, apologized but offered no details.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in such a difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he said.
It is the second major disciplinary situation in as many weeks in the NBA, following commissioner Adam Silver’s decision last week to suspend Robert Sarver, the owner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, for one year and fine him $10 million after an investigation. he displayed his pattern of disturbing behavior in the workplace, including abusive and racist language. Sarver said Wednesday that he intends to sell his teams.