An investigation by an independent law firm commissioned by the Boston Celtics found that suspended head coach Ime Udoka used crude language toward a female subordinate before starting his alleged inappropriate workplace relationship with her, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This new element to the story reportedly “significantly factored” into the Celtics’ decision to suspend Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season.
The exact language used was not revealed, but it was “deemed especially concerning coming from a workplace superior.”
“The power dynamic associated with a superior’s improper relationship with a staff member was the primary finding and policy violation cited in the law firm’s report, which was commissioned by the Celtics and completed early last week, sources said. [ESPN]”
When the Celtics first learned of the relationship between Udoka and the staff member in July, they were led to believe it was consensual. However, when the woman accused Udoka of sending unwanted messages, the team began an independant investigation.
Udoka’s text contained language that was “especially concerning coming from a workplace superior” and will make it difficult for him to ever return as the team’s coach, per Wojnarowski’s reporting.
Udoka’s suspension runs through June 30, 2023.
The Celtics have promoted assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to interim head coach.
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