BOSTON – The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Aim Odoka for the 2022-23 season, effective immediately, and without guarantee that he will return with the franchise in the future.
The Celtics said Thursday night that Odoka had been suspended due to “violations of team policies”.
“A decision about his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later time,” the Celtics said.
Odoka apologized, in a statement published by ESPN, but did not provide details.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I’m 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,” he said.
It’s the second major disciplinary situation in as many weeks in the NBA, after Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision last week to suspend Robert Sarver – owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA – for one year and a $10 million fine following an investigation. He showed his disturbing behavior pattern in the workplace, including abusive and racist language. Sarver said Wednesday that he plans to sell his teams.
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