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The Boston Celtics held a press conference a day after head coach Ime Udoka was fired outright. 2022-2023 NBA season “For violating party policy.”
Udoka is said to have had a consensual relationship with a female employee of the Celtic organization.
Celtic is the majority owner Wyc Grousbeck and President of Basketball Operations Brad Steven attended the press conference.
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Grousbeck told reporters that the suspension came after a months-long investigation conducted by an outside law firm “thoroughly”.
“We learned over the summer, part of the summer, there was a situation,” Grasbeck said Friday. “At that point law enforcement was called in and there were some twists and turns in the investigation and it took some time to develop all the information. It finally concluded, for now, that we know it wrapped up two days ago.”
Udoka, who was preparing to enter his second season as the organization’s head coach, apologized in a statement Thursday evening.
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“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtic organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I regret putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for all involved, I will not comment further.”
The Celtics appear in the NBA Finals, where Boston Golden State lost to the Warriors In six games. The Celtics were one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference in 2022 before news of Udoka’s suspension.
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The name is Boston Assistant coach Joe Majulla As interim head coach for the 2022-2023 season.
“It felt right, but there were no clear guidelines for any of this,” Grasbeck said.
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“I’ve taken a lot of advice from partners like Brad and others. We’ve been here and there collectively, but it wasn’t clear what to do. But it was clear that something significant needed to be done in my view, and it was.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report