Im Odoka was the Celtics coach Suspended by the organization for the entire 2022–23 season Thursday night for violating franchise rules. Udoka’s comment came on the heels of a report that he was involved in an “inappropriate” consensual relationship with a member of the crew.
Celtics Governor Wyc Grousbeck and Team Principal Brad Stevens Talk to reporters on Friday to discuss their decision. While the details were not revealed due to privacy concerns for everyone involved, Grousbeck was not shy about believing the length of the suspension was justified.
“It felt right, but there are no clear guidelines for any of this,” Grosbeek said. “It really is a conscious feeling, and being here for 20 years, I am responsible for the decision, in the end.”
Actress Nia Long, Udoka’s longtime partner, sent a statement via email to me Boston Globe Fridayto demand privacy while acknowledging the flow of support.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means a lot to me,” Long said. “I ask that my privacy be respected while addressing recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”
Long and Odoka first met in early 2010 and had a son who was born in 2011. The couple have been engaged for 15 years.
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