Celtics’ Ime Udoka scandal much worse behind the scenes, NBA champ says

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All the public knows about Ime Udoka is that he had a consensual relationship with a Boston Celtics female staffer, leading to his year-long suspension.

A one-time NBA champion says that what we know is just the tip of the iceberg.

Head Coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals June 8, 2022, at the TD Garden in Boston. 

Head Coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals June 8, 2022, at the TD Garden in Boston.  (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Matt Barnes first defended Udoka, who has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010, when the news of his suspension initially broke. But Barnes says he learned that the situation was “100 times uglier than any of us thought.”

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“Some things happened that I can’t condone, I can’t back. It’s not my place to tell you what happened. If it ends up coming out it ends up coming out,” he said in an Instagram post last week.

Barnes appeared on Vlad TV Wednesday and doubled down on his sentiments. He even suggested Udoka’s career could 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 is really going to kind of flip the game upside down when it comes to this instance,” Barnes said. “This is not something that’s only the NBA. This happens in the workplace all around. But, like I said, it’s not so much the act.

“If everything gets out, it could be extra hot in the kitchen for him.”

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka reacts during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors June 16, 2022, in Boston.

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka reacts during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors June 16, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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Udoka had an affair with a staffer who arranged travel logistics with the team while also making “unwanted comments” toward a woman he had an affair with, according to multiple reports.

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) did not agree with a referee in the second quarter at the TD Garden in Boston June 17, 2022. 

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) did not agree with a referee in the second quarter at the TD Garden in Boston June 17, 2022.  (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as their head coach. His suspension was announced Sept. 23.

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