Coach Ime Udoka Apology Statement And Agent, What Did He Say?

By Abhishek Joshi | September 23, 2022 07:11 PM

Ime Udoka publicly apologized for the incident ( Source : Instagram )

Ime Udoka apologized after the incident involving a female employee of the company.

According to a published Tweet on ESPN, Udoko said, "I want to apologize for disappointing our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family." 

Furthermore, he stated, "I regret putting the team in this challenging position, and I agree with their choice. I will refrain from saying anything else out of respect for everyone involved."

Ime had inappropriate intimate contact with a female employee of the company. According to Shams Charania, the relationship was consensual.

Udoka has been suspended for the 2022–2023 season because he broke the franchise's conduct rules.

 Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first reporter to break the news. According to Wojnarowski, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as interim head coach.

Mazzulla joined the organization in 2019, and in 2020 he was the team's head coach for the summer league.

Ime Udoka Apology Says, He Is Ashamed.

Ime Udoka apology clearly states that he is ashamed of the deeds and for going beyond company policy. The Boston Celtics coach has been suspended for the entire 2023-23 season.

According to reports, he had an intimate relationship with a woman who worked for the Celtics.

Previously, he was engaged to actress Mia Long before this came to light, but in reality, he cheated on her.

Full Name Ime Sunday Udoka
Birth 9 August 1977
Partner Nia Long
Net Worth $6 million
Son Kez Sunday Udoka
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Nationality American/Nigerian

This is hardly the image the Boston Celtics organization wishes to project to the general public.

The team will be unable to handle the negative press this is already receiving and break the workplace norms.

A copy of Ime Udoka apology
A copy of Ime Udoka apology ( Source : instagram )

Coach Udoka had remained silent on his "mishap" but ended it with a public speech.

Ime Udoka expressed regret for getting into this situation and apologized to the Boston Celtics.

However, he does not ever publicly apologize to his fiancée, the actress Mia Long. He even decided to withhold the specifics of what transpired.

Udoka decided to be quiet and let the story develop on social media on its own. Who the staff member is is already the subject of rumors.

Ime Udoka Salary In 2022 Amid Suspension

Amid the cheating scandal, Ime Udoka salary has been one of the topics searched by the fans. How much he has bagged working as a coach and playing basketball. 

During his NBA career, he has earned $4 million as a salary, and his net worth is reported as $6 million. The suspension will be the time to enjoy the wealth he has accumulated. 

In contrast, Ime Udoka has a four-year contract of $2 million per year as the head coach of the Boston Celtics.

Ime Udoka played for the IBA's Fargo-Moorhead Beez from 2000–2001 and Argentina's Independiente in 2001 after being undrafted in the 2000 NBA Draft.

He joined the North Charleston Lowgators in the NBA D-League in 2002 after being the 39th in the NBDL Draft.

Ime Udoka net worth is estimated at $6 million
Ime Udoka net worth is estimated at $6 million ( Source : instagram )

Ime played four games for the Los Angeles Lakers when he made his NBA debut in 2003.

He frequently played in the D-League and abroad over the years before joining the New York Knicks in the 2005–06 NBA season, marking his return to the league.

He joined the Portland Trailblazers the following season, playing in 75 games as a starter and averaging 8.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest.

Who Did Ime Udoka Cheat With?

According to various news published on the media, Ime Udoka cheated on a female employee from the club. The name of the female staff has not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, the coach has also said he would refrain from discussing the incident and the name of the person he was involved with.

The Boston Celtics kept that information a secret, so the people anonymously spoke to The Associated Press.

The Celtics stated Udoka violated team policies in a statement released Thursday night following a full day of negotiations over the specifics of the punishment.

Ime Udoka cheated with a female employee from Boston Celtics
Ime Udoka cheated with a female employee from Boston Celtics ( Source : instagram )

They also left open the prospect that a more prolonged separation may follow. The franchise stated, "a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later point.

According to the sources, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as a temporary coach.

He played in Brooklyn during the 2020–21 season and Philadelphia during the 2019–20 season. Udoko was promoted to the front office and hired by the Celtics in June 2021 to replace Brad Stevens.

The Celtics came two wins of the championship in Year 1, and Udoka placed fourth in the coach of the year voting.

What Did Ime Udoka Long Time Partner Lia Long Say On Cheating Scandal?

Udoka Long has not disclosed her feeling about her partner Ime Udoka's scandal. According to CNN, her representative informed her to respect the privacy of Lond and her family. 

As the Celtics suspended Ime for the entire 2022-2023 season, the statement from her representative said, "the support from family and the community during this difficult time means such a lot to me.

Furthermore, the statement reads, "as I contemplate the recent events, I kindly ask that my privacy be respected. I am a mother, so I always put my kids first."

Lia is adored, particularly among the B-community, due to her roles in enduring movies like "Love Jones" and "Boyz N the Hood."

Nia Long has been focusing on family and kids amid her partner's Ime Udoka suspension
Nia Long has been focusing on family and kids amid her partner's Ime Udoka suspension ( Source : edition )

Long has not publicly addressed the issue, but on Wednesday, she reposted a health and wellness video on Instagram about embracing optimism and finding light in the dark.

She discussed Udoka getting the head coaching position after serving as an assistant for nine years when she spoke to last year.

Last year Lia admired Ime and said, "one of the most obedient guys I know is him. He put in a lot of effort to get here, and now he simply needs to work with his players. "

Ten Things To Know About Ime Udoka

  1. Ime Udoka was born in Portland, Oregon, on 9 August 1977 to a Nigerian father and American mother. 
  2. Ime holds American and Nigerian nationality. 
  3. Ime started his professional basketball career playing in the NBDL with the Charleston Lowgators. 
  4. He was engaged with Nia Long in 2015 and blessed with a son Kez Sunday Udoka.
  5. The Boston Celtics hired Udoka as their head coach on 28 June 2021, making him the team's fifth head coach of African descent.
  6. Udoka participated in the national team for Nigeria. The Nigerian team was led by Udoka at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in scoring, assists, and steals.
  7. Ime's mother was an American from Illinois who passed away in late 2011.
  8. His older sister, Mfon, was a WNBA player and now is a coach in Nigeria. 
  9. The Brooklyn Nets appointed Udoka as an assistant coach on 30 October 2020.
  10. Ime Udoka's net worth is estimated at $6 million.

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