Report: Udoka used 'crude language' with female subordinate prior to improper relationship




 

The Boston Celtics handled the Ime Udoka investigation and suspension by the corporate handbook: They kept the woman's name out of the news, kept details confidential (not even telling the players much for legal reasons), and acted swiftly and decisively.

But as the team on the court starts defending its Eastern Conference title, there has been a concern that details leaking out about the investigations - and responses to those leaks - could turn this into a season-long drama and distraction for the team. That first started on Friday when Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported this:

A few thoughts here.

• "Crude language" is just part of a more detailed and damning report, league sources have told NBC Sports. There is much more uncovered by the independent investigation, including about the power dynamic in play. It was enough that the Celtics thought the best move was to suspend for an entire season a coach loved by players who led the team to the NBA Finals (it's not something the Celtics organization did lightly).

• As Wojnarowski and others have noted, it's increasingly unlikely Udoka returns to coach the Celtics next season, even if that is not yet official.

• While some pundits and people around the league have said Udoka is "done," the NBA has seen unexpected turnarounds before. Never say never in this league.

• About the only sure thing is that this story is not over.

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Report: Udoka used 'crude language' with female subordinate prior to improper relationship originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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