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Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck says suspension of coach Ime Udoka the result of monthslong investigation

BOSTON — The Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka for the upcoming season after a month-long investigation by an outside law firm that found multiple breaches of team policy, team owner Wyc Grousbeck said Friday.

Grousbeck declined to comment on the details. Sources previously told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Udoka had an intimate relationship with an employee of the franchise.

Grousbeck said no one else from the organization was at risk of punishment. He declined to say whether the suspension was unpaid, but confirmed it carries a “significant financial penalty”.

The suspension expires on June 30, 2023, and assistant Joe Mazzulla will lead the team as interim coach for the season.

No decision has yet been made about a possible return of Udoka at the end of his sentence, said Grousbeck.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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