Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck has spoken out after months of investigation into the dismissal of coach Ime Udoka.

Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the organization’s decision to suspend Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season came after an investigation by an independent law firm found multiple violations of team policy. He said it was done after it was revealed.

“I am concerned about the situation and its impact on everyone in the Celtics organization,” Grausbeck said at a press conference at the team’s practice facility on Friday morning to discuss the decision to suspend Udoka. said.

“I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter, a chance to turn the page and move forward and settle to some extent.”

Grausbeck and Celtics’ president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, gave few details about the incidents involved or what policies Udoka had violated. Udoka told Adrian Wojnarowski that he had a close relationship with the franchise’s female staff.

Grousbeck said the organization hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation after it became aware of a potential situation within the organization within the past few weeks – an investigation he said closed Wednesday.

At that point, the team chose to suspend Udoka for the full season, with Grausbeck saying it would end on 30 June 2023, the final day of the 2022–23 league year. He also added that it would come with “serious” financial penalties, and that no one other than Udoka in the organization would be disciplined as a result of the investigation.

But Glausbeck and Stevens otherwise provided few details about what happened or how the decision was made, as the team said in a statement Thursday night. , discussed “later”.

Stevens also declined to answer when asked directly if Udoka would be able to contact anyone within the organization during his suspension.

However, Grausbeck defended the decision to suspend Udoka for the entire season, saying on multiple occasions it was the “right” result.

“We are not going into deliberations,” said Grausbeck. “This felt right, but there are no clear guidelines. It’s a matter of conscience and intuition.

“We collectively got to this and got there and it wasn’t clear what to do, but it was clear that something substantial needed to be done. And it was It has come true.”

Stevens began by getting emotional, talking about the impact these past few days have had on women across the organization.

“It was tough,” Stevens said. “The only thing I want to say is that I was thinking. Wc already mentioned it. We have a lot of talented women in our organization. [Thursday] It was really hard for them.

“No one can control the speculation and rampaging bulls on Twitter, but so many people were unfairly dragged into it that we as an organization now have a responsibility to support them.”

“I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter, a chance to turn the page and move forward and settle to some extent.”

Celtics owner Wyck Glausbeck

Stevens confirmed that assistant coach Joe Mazura, 34, will take over on an interim basis. The youngest coach in the league. Mazura’s only head coaching experience is his two seasons at West Virginia’s Fairmont State Division II College before he was hired by Stevens as an assistant in 2019.

Still, Stevens believes Mazura is the right fit.

“Joe is going to be in charge,” Stevens said. “It’s not easy timing for him or the rest of the staff. I strongly believe in organizing and understanding everything that comes with running a team during the season.”

Stevens replaced Danny Ainge last summer and he will take over, given that he coached the Celtics for eight years and led them to the Eastern Conference Finals three times before hiring Udoka to coach. Stevens said no, but Grausbeck admitted there had been a “brief” conversation between the two about it.

“There are many factors why I don’t necessarily want to,” Stevens said. “But I’ve mentioned this to Joe and I think I’m going to be there for him without stepping as far as he needs to.

“But he doesn’t need much. I strongly believe that.”

Stevens also referenced Mazura’s arrest while at West Virginia University. Once arrested for drinking and aggravated assault of a minor in 2008, he pleaded guilty and paid a fine. A Morgantown bar that was settled out of court and never went to trial.

When he hired Mazura as his assistant coach in 2019, Stevens said he had “thoroughly” scrutinized Mazura, especially those cases, and believed Mazura had learned from them, and Stevens himself was a critic of Mazura’s character. I personally believe in

“I’ll tell you this: I’m a strong believer in Joe’s human substance,” Stevens said. I will tell you that you can see it in his own way and you have been able to see it for a long time. It took me years to get to know him.

“I strongly believe that’s probably shaped him so well into who he is today. But he’ll tell you first, I’ll tell you he’s 110% responsible for that.” that I believe in him.”

Grousbeck said both he and Stevens met with the players ahead of training camp, which starts next week, and would characterize their feelings of being “extremely concerned” about what happened. .

“It’s not a welcome development,” Grausbeck said.

“But I also felt that they had the energy and the focus and the commitment and the drive to do great things this season. Based on everything we know, I think we’ll be satisfied.”


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