Celtics Coach Ime Udoka Reportedly Faces Suspension For Romance With Staffer

The rookie head coach guided the Boston Celtics to their first NBA Finals in 12 years.

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka will likely be suspended for having a prohibited relationship with a team staffer, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

It’s possible Udoka could be sidelined for the entire season for the “consensual, intimate relationship,” according to the sports network.

The Athletic independently confirmed the report through sources, who said the relationship was a “violation of organizational policy.”

Udoka’s job is likely not in permanent peril, according to ESPN.

In his first year as head coach last season, Udoka guided the Celtics to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.

A video of Udoka’s girlfriend, actor Nia Long, dancing after the team advanced to the championship went viral.

The Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals.

The team didn’t immediately reply to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Ime Udoka coaches the Celtics during the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in June.
Ime Udoka coaches the Celtics during the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in June.
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