Munich/Boston – Celtics’ coach, Ime Udoka, was apparently damned by a camera on a doorbell. The 45-year-old had an intimate relationship with an employee of the franchise and thus breached the club’s basic guidelines.
The TV presenter Kevin Frazier of “Entertainment Tonight” has now apparently confirmed several sources that the former NBA coach’s lover’s husband found out about the affair through the internal camera on the doorbell. It probably recorded a private conversation between Udoka and the lover.
As a result, Udoke was suspended by the Celtics for the entire upcoming season. The club announced the decision publicly on Thursday evening local time.
Udoka was one of the heroes of the Boston Celtics last season.
The 45-year-old led the NBA record champions to the Finals in his first season, something the traditional team had been unable to do for twelve years.
But this success no longer counts.
Udoka apologized for his behavior. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting you down,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN, “I’m sorry I had to do what the team placed in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.”
How the coach will proceed is not yet clear. The Celtics said a decision on his future will be made at a later date.
First, former assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will coach the Celtics on an interim basis, as “ESPN” reports.
Udoka is in a relationship with an actress
Udoka has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010. Both have a son together and have been engaged since 2015.
He came to Boston as head coach last summer after serving as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.
With the Celtics, he replaced Brad Stevens, who was promoted to president of basketball operations in the organization, succeeding Danny Ainge.
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