It’s safe to say that Jalen Rose will never speak these particular comments again.
During ESPN’s pregame coverage of the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics matchup at TD Garden, Rose openly pondered why the general public hadn’t been told of the accuser’s name in the Ime Udoka scandal.
Udoka’s name was a trending topic again after reports surfaced stating the Brooklyn Nets are prepared to hire the now-former Celtics head coach who reportedly had an “improper” relationship with a member of Boston’s organization during his first season at the helm.
Rose argued the woman’s name should be revealed.
Somebody clearly told him he was out of line, so Rose used the Bulls-Celtics halftime break as an opportunity to issue an apology for his initial stance.
“I’m Jalen Rose, and I would like to apologize for a comment I made earlier on NBA Countdown,” Rose said, as transcribed by WEEI. “I questioned why a woman’s name — who had an alleged affair with Celtics head coach Ime Udoka — was not made public. After an internal investigation, and it was discovered that she was a subordinate to the head coach, I now understand why her name should not be released to the public. Now back to our NBA coverage.”
It is common practice in journalism, and in most legal cases, to not publicly identify alleged victims of sexual misconduct.
Udoka was suspended for the season after allegations of an inappropriate workplace relationship came to light.
He is not expected to return as head coach of the Celtics.