Celtics suspend Udoka for entire 2022-23 season

This is a photo of Ime Udoka.

BOSTON (WLNE) — The Boston Celtics made it official Thursday night that head coach Ime Udoka will be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season.

According to a brief statement released by the team, Udoka is suspended for “violations of team policies.”

The team said the suspension takes effect immediately and a decision about Udoka’s future will be made at a later date.

Udoka released a statement obtained by ESPN’s Malika Andrews that reads in part, “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 this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.”

An interim coach was not named in the statement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting assistant Joe Mazzulla, a Johnston native and Bishop Hendricken graduate, was going to take over for Udoka in the interim.

Late Wednesday night, several outlets — including ESPN and The Stadium — reported the Celtics were going to suspend Udoka after he had a consensual relationship with a female member of the organization.

In his first season in charge of Boston, Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals.

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