All the public knows about Ime Udoka is that he had a consensual relationship with a Boston Celtics employee, which led to his one-year suspension.
A former NBA champion says what we know is just the tip of the iceberg.
Matt Barnes first defended Udoka, who has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010, when news of his suspension first broke. But Barnes says he found out the situation was “a hundred times uglier than we thought.”
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“Some things happened that I can’t condone, I can’t stand behind. It’s not my place to tell you what happened. If it ends up coming out, it ends up coming out,” she said in an Instagram post last week.
Barnes appeared on Vlad TV on Wednesday and doubled down on his sentiments. He even suggested that Udoka’s career might be in jeopardy if the whole story comes out.
“It’s not about what he did, it’s about who he did it with that’s really going to be a game changer when it comes to this case,” Barnes said. “This isn’t just an NBA thing. This happens in the workplace all over the place. But, like I said, it’s not so much the act.”
“If it all works out, it could be too hot in the kitchen for him.”
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Udoka had an affair with a staff member who arranged travel logistics with the team while simultaneously making “unwelcome comments” toward a woman he had an affair with, according to multiple reports.
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Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as head coach. His suspension was announced on September 23.