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

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

A one-time NBA champion says that what we all 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, on 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 inform you what happened. If it finally ends up coming out it finally 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 profession might be in jeopardy if the entire story comes out.

“It’s not about what he did, it’s about who he did it with that is admittedly going to form of flip the sport the other way up in the case of this instance,” Barnes said. “This just isn’t something that’s only the NBA. This happens within the workplace throughout. But, like I said, it’s not a lot the act.

“If every little thing gets out, it might be extra hot within 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 throughout 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 lady he had an affair with, in keeping with 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) didn’t agree with a referee within the second quarter on 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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