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Ime Udoka banned for one year following 'multiple violations of conduct rules'

Stevens faced the press alongside Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck on Friday morning.

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka has been handed a one-year suspension after ‘multiple rule of conduct violations’ and also handed a ‘significant’ financial penalty after an affair with a female employee: Owners face charges media for the first time.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka will receive a ‘significant financial penalty’ in addition to his one-year suspension after ‘multiple violations of the Celtics’ rules of conduct’, confirmed the majority owner of the team, Wyc Grousbeck.

Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens have clashed with the media after suspending their head coach for the entirety of the 2022-23 season.

Udoka has been suspended for the entirety of the 2022-23 season for violating team policies.

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His forced sabbatical lasts until June 30, 2023 with a decision on his future as head coach to be determined at a later time.

The second-year coach, who led the C’s to the NBA Finals in his debut season, is alleged to have had an affair with a female staff member within the Celtics organization.

Stevens clarified that the Celtics have a duty of care to women in their organization after the saga, amid a wave of “raging bulls.”

“We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was very difficult for them,” Stevens said of the rumor and innuendo surrounding Udoka and the parties potentially involved.

“No one can control the Twitter speculation and rampant bullshit, but I think we have a responsibility to make sure we’re there to support them.”

With numerous names thrown into the situation on social media, Grousbeck was explicit that only Udoka was “facing punishment or reprimand.”

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According to Grousbeck, Origination players are “very concerned” about the situation and, indeed, the accusations leveled at Udoka.

Joe Mazzulla, who has been a Boston assistant since 2019, will serve as the team’s interim head coach.

Stevens, who was previously the Celtics’ head coach, praised Mazzulla and illuminated what he will bring to an unquestionably talented roster.

“He is an exceptionally sharp and talented person,” he said. “I strongly believe in him and his ability to lead people, to galvanize a room and support him.

“And his ability to organize and understand everything that goes into running a team during the season.”

Mazzulla was arrested for domestic battery in 2009 and was charged with fighting with police and underage drinking in 2008.

When asked about the assault arrest, Stevens admitted that Mazzulla, 34, was tested prior to his 2019 hire.

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“I strongly believe that that made him who he is today in a really good way,” Stevens said of the team’s interim head coach.

‘He will be the first to tell you that he is 110% responsible for it. I’ll be the first to tell you that I believe in him.

Boston came within two wins of winning an NBA championship last season and now faces an unprecedented circumstance just weeks before its first regular-season game.

Stevens faced the press alongside Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck on Friday morning.

Stevens faced the press alongside Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck on Friday morning.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck blasted his head coach while addressing

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck blasted his head coach while addressing

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka to be suspended for the entirety of the 2022-23 season

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka to be suspended for the entirety of the 2022-23 season

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