Stephen A. Smith can’t understand why the Boston Celtics haven’t FIRED Ime Udoka and insists the coach is now ‘unhireable’ after a year-long suspension…while urging the team to reveal the identity of the woman involved in the adventure to clear the names of the other ‘parades’. on the streets’
- Ime Udoka was suspended Thursday by the Boston Celtics for the entire season.
- They said he ‘violated team policies’ and reportedly had a consensual intimate relationship with a member of staff.
- But Stephen A. Smith thinks the Celtics haven’t handled the situation right.
- He thinks that the details should not have been leaked if Udoka was to be held and that the woman involved should be identified.
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Stephen A. Smith criticized the Boston Celtics’ handling of Ime Udoka, as he believes the team should not have leaked the details of his one-year suspension if they wanted to keep him on board.
Udoka was officially suspended by the team on Thursday for a violation of team policies after he allegedly had a consensual relationship with a staff member.
And while reports of Udoka’s actions and possible suspension began trickling out Wednesday, Smith believes the woman involved should also be named and that Udoka should not be retained as a coach under these circumstances.
“Incredibly disappointed today,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take Friday. ‘Ime Udoka cannot be defended. His actions were appalling, irresponsible for the leadership position he finds himself in. I’m not here to make excuses or apologize for his behavior. It’s inexcusable, it’s a dismissable offense as far as I’m concerned.
‘But that doesn’t negate what the Celtics are doing here. According to their reports [ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski], and what we’ve been talking about the last few days, this was a consensual relationship. Was Ime Udoka involved with himself? The answer to that is no. Two consenting adults participated in this act, or these actions that clearly violated Boston Celtics policy.
‘But all we’re hearing is about Ime, and to [owner] Wyc Grousbeck, who I deeply respect, would highly recommend that maybe you should talk to a publicist or take some classes yourself. Because he dropped a couple of bombs here on Ime Udoka.
Stephen A. Smith was very upset with the way the Celtics handled the reported Ime Udoka matter.
Smith went on to say that suspending Udoka, especially since the Celtics said they would make a decision on the coach’s future ‘at a later date,’ would ‘ruin his career for years to come,’ and went on to criticize the Celtics for not keeping the information up to date. internally, or at least try.
‘At this particular moment in time…Ime Udoka is an unhireable individual. But the non-contractable part, he would claim, is mainly due to the fact that the story was leaked and we are now discussing it publicly.
‘The woman who chose to have a consensual relationship with him is not raping [of team policy]? They mention it and put it on the main street; we don’t know who she is.
Ime Udoka is suspended for the entire 2022-23 season and there is no guarantee he will return
‘What about the other women in the Celtics organization who have been victimized because incorrect assumptions have been made? [about] your participation? If you knew exactly who she is, it would ease the worries of all the other women whose names have been paraded through the streets. What about them?
According to The Athletic, some Celtics members found out about Udoka’s relationship in July, and team leaders initially believed the relationship was consensual.
However, sources told the publication that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her, prompting the team to release internal interviews.
Team president Brad Stevens and Grousbeck addressed the media on Friday and strongly rebuked the now-suspended Udoka, noting that only he was “facing a penalty or reprimand.”
Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck slammed his suspended head coach
According to Grousbeck, players in the organization are “very concerned” about the situation.
“We think our culture is very strong,” he added. We are very proud of it. But this has shaken him. I don’t think there is a broader problem than the one we have been discovering for several months.
Smith took issue with Grousbeck’s approach to the situation and made that very clear at First Take.
‘I’m not going to regurgitate what was said, but it was very, very alarming, very one-sided, and as far as I’m concerned, according to this press conference, there is no reason on earth, at this time, why Ime Udoka is still the head coach of the Boston Celtics, albeit suspended,” he said.
Joe Mazulla, a 34-year-old who served as the Celtics’ assistant last year, will be the interim coach for the 2022-23 season.