Boston Celtics Punish Coach Ime Udoka, but Was It Too Much?

Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka Receives His Punishment


While users on social media have been quick to compare Udoka’s punishment to the one-year suspension Phoenix Owner Robert Sarver received for being sexist and racist. I think we should all wait for more details on the specifics of the relationship between Udoka and the mystery woman from the Celtics organization before anyone makes any judgments.

People have a right to be angry as Sarver’s actions were heinous, but we still don’t know all that went down with Udoka.


The Athletic on some of the details of the relationship:

Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews.

The team’s decision and announcement came after a closed-door meeting Thursday that involved team owners and president Brad Stevens and lasted several hours, sources said. Earlier Thursday, Stevens and members of the Celtics front office met with players at the team facility.


Those allegations alone make this situation a lot more complicated than just “two people at a workplace having a consensual intimate relationship.” As more details about this relationship come out, we’ll know if Udoka did or did not deserve the one-year suspension he received.

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