Ime Udoka Apr 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka watches game action in the first quarter during game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are presently investigating their coach, Ime Udoka, for a relationship with a female member of the team’s staff. According to reports, the end result will likely be “a significant suspension.” On Thursday, Udoka issued a statement on the matter.

He didn’t go into too much detail. But, in a statement released by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka did apologize for what has happened and said that he’ll accept whatever punishment the Celtics hand down.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said, per Andrews. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

The fallout of this investigation has drawn commentary from NBA reporters as well as Udoka’s fiancé, Nia Long.

Naturally, Udoka’s comments got a reaction from several in the NBA world. Though, there was some significant division on what it actually means.

Udoka and the Celtics had a successful season in 2021-22, his first as the team’s head coach. Boston went 51-31 and reached the NBA Finals, where they were ultimately defeated by the Golden State Warriors.

Assistant Joe Mazzulla has been named as a leading candidate to fill in for Udoka if he is suspended.

[Malika Andrews on Twitter]

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