The news of the Boston Celtics suspending head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season has taken the sports world by storm. And it’s brewing up quite the debate among many.
Yesterday it was announced that Udoka was being suspended for violating team policies after he was reported to have engaged in intimate relations with a fellow member of the organization. The relationship was said to be consensual when news first broke, leading many to wonder why the penalty for Udoka was so harsh.
However, it has since been revealed that the woman involved actually reported Udoka to the team for making “unwanted comments” towards her, sparking the team’s investigation into their head coach:
From the moment Udoka’s suspension was announced, many have debated whether the punishment fits the crime. Others, like Stephen A. Smith, are apparently wondering why Udoka’s name has been made public, while the name of the female involved in these supposedly consensual relations remains a mystery.
Smith brought this point up during today’s episode of First Take, and it sparked quite the heated argument between he and ESPN colleague Malika Andrews.
Andrews felt that Stephen A. was trying to “point the finger” at the woman involved, while Smith attempted to clarify by saying that he merely felt it was only fair that both parties have their names publicized (or neither of them do). He also believed that revealing the name of the woman would prevent other women from having their names pop up in rumors regarding Udoka’s misconduct.
At one point, things got so heated between the two that Stephen A. had to tell Malika, “I listened to you, you’re the one telling me to stop on my own show and that ain’t happening.”
Malika is not the first person to get into it with Stephen A. Smith and she certainly won’t be the last.
As more information continues to pour in regarding Ime Udoka’s actions off the court, you can expect many more opinions to surface throughout the media. And you can bet that many of those opinions will be met with fiery debate.
As for the Celtics and their players, the season probably can’t start soon enough for them. I’m sure they’ll be peppered with questions from the media over the next month regarding their suspended coach, while they gear up to defend their Eastern Conference crown.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.