Ime Udoka suspended for the 22-23 season

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Lying or misleading the organization about vaccination status is another possibility? Coley obviously isn’t a super reliable source.

His follow up post says "my source" as opposed to sources. Coley could be right, but he also could just be fucking with people or making an educated guess.
 

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His follow up post says "my source" as opposed to sources. Coley could be right, but he also could just be fucking with people or making an educated guess.
I mean, it makes sense though. Faking vaccination status would warrant the organization being pretty upset.
 

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Maybe he said something about Sarver, grouping all owners together, that Wyc didn’t like?
 

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I guess I really don’t get this. If it’s truly a team matter and not a league matter, why suspend the guy? It is a distraction and will only add to the pressure surrounding the team.
 

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If they are getting in front of it it really, really is probably something bad. Because you don’t leak to get in front of him steal pens from the supple room.

Who knows if the leak is really legit / non-sensationalized. But if it’s not it’s something sketchy. It just has to be. Something that has potential organizational impact that you’d risk putting out crap like this just to try to set some kind of floor.

But It also has to be something ‘mild’ enough to come back from. If it’s not then they would have just had to fire him.
 

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Woj did say we'll know about the length of the suspension sooner than the reason behind it.

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Ime Udoka’s job isn’t believed to be in jeopardy, but a suspension is looming and a final determination on that length could come as soon as Thursday, sources tell ESPN.
 

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This is what I am guessing. Anyone else notice that Ime wore a mask in interviews long after he needed too? Like he followed the unvaxxed guidelines but lied to the team about his status. Which is weird, because.... a thought process I'm not quite ready to go down
Wouldn't that be both a league issue and a legal issue?
 

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Wouldn't that be both a league issue and a legal issue?
I honestly don't know, after I posted that I kinda thought about this too. If he provided a fake card to the team, that would seem to be more of a team issue, because also isn't the team held to different parameters when it comes to suspending players/coaches than the league? I can't remember exactly, but I believe the league is more constrained by how long they can suspend people. Maybe, if this is the case, the league views the C's dealing with it is the best outcome. I honestly don't know and hope this is all something dumb
 

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I can’t think of a major team or league suspension when the reason wasn’t immediately disclosed.

What a truly bizarre situation.
 

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My guess is he did something stupid while fucked up on something like coke. While being fucked up isn’t great, it’ll give them some wiggle room. Wok did them a solid by saying it was a team thing, but in reality it could be a league thing if it got out first and ran wild for a few days.

I think the reason they haven’t done anything is because they’re trying to figure out what to do. Meaning they just learned about it.
 

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All these drug issues would probably be league issues, correct? Not sure on DUI, though.
 

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Woj posted his story. Nothing new except this: Discussions are ongoing within the Celtics organization on a final determination of what the suspension will be, sources said.
 

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I keep seeing things on Twitter—that Ime masturbated in the locker room, or called Pritchard a “dumb-ass cracker”—that for just a moment I hope are legit.
 

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That's what she said.
Drug use. But, would they drug test him? The league would get involved if arrested, but probably not if internally found out.
But, the team is just trying to control the narrative of this and are using Woj to try to persuade Silver to let them handle it internally. they will start leaking more to him in exchange for sure now.
Also, they must have just learned of this. Or else they would have leaked it before news broke that Sarver was going to sell.
 

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If it is drug use I would think they would handle it differently. Ime has an issue and it going to take some time off to get some help. Suspension for drug use seems like a poor choice.
 

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If its an internal matter and not anything the league can enforce, and ownership/PBS feel a suspension is appropriate, will he be he suspended now for training camp, or will it impact the regular season which is about a month away?
 

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Also what does a “significant” suspension even mean in the context of team but not league discipline?

3 games?

30 games?
 

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With a team source getting out ahead of this via Woj bomb even though they will announce a suspension tomorrow, tells me:

1) Management probably found out this transgression via a media story about to be released; and

2) It could put the organization in an embarrassing light.

Celtics management is effectively saying 'we don't know what the hell Ime is into but that's not how this franchise does business,' before the whole story comes out.
 

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So, this is coming from Brad, Wyc? WTF. It's interesting the timing, Wyc talking about how the team is being overrated and whatnot less than a week removed from this.

They had to have some idea that something was brewing. Maybe it has nothing to do with anything, but expectations were being mitigated. My bet is forged vaxx cards, but that leads to tricky relations north of the boarder, for the whole team potentially. Might be worth a suspension if the players involved (if this hypothetical scenario involves other theoretical parties) can't play in Toronto forever because they falsified docs

https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2022/09/16/wyc-grousbeck-celtics-overrated-luxury-tax-spending/
 
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Drug use. But, would they drug test him? The league would get involved if arrested, but probably not if internally found out.
But, the team is just trying to control the narrative of this and are using Woj to try to persuade Silver to let them handle it internally. they will start leaking more to him in exchange for sure now.
Also, they must have just learned of this. Or else they would have leaked it before news broke that Sarver was going to sell.
Not picking on your post, which is one of many.

Is all of this drug speculation coming from anywhere in particular? Does he have a history or are there rumors? I'm not sure what the penalty would be, but gosh, drug use would kind of be a relief for me, in terms of him being able to save face and maintain the respect of the team.
 

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Here is Brian Robb's piece on it .

A league source told MassLive that assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is a likely candidate to be interim head coach for Boston in the event that Udoka is suspended. Mazzulla has been promoted within Boston’s bench to one of Udoka’s top assistants this offseason in the wake of Will Hardy being hired away by the Utah Jazz as their new head coach. Mazzulla was also a finalist for that Jazz position. Damon Stoudemire and Ben Sullivan are Udoka’s other top assistant coaches
 

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Welp, it was in fact a sexual issue. Not misconduct but a pretty bad look.

And yeah it seems the burner is probably a C's staffer