The scandal surrounding the suspended Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka, appeared like it could die down till at the least the top of the upcoming season, nevertheless it seems to be choosing up steam.
Some individuals had quite a bit to say about Udoka’s suspension. After initially defending the coach, former Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) participant, Matt Barnes, retracted his protection.
In a controversial dialog about Udoka, Barnes insinuated that the coach wasn’t penalized for allegedly having an affair, however for allegedly having it with a employees member.
Stories surfaced that the pinnacle coach, who’s Nia Lengthy‘s fiancé, had an intimate, however consensual, relationship with a feminine Celtics staffer. Udoka’s alleged affair went towards workforce coverage and resulted in suspension from the upcoming NBA season.
Barnes went on social media to precise his remorse for blindly defending Udoka and talking on the state of affairs with out realizing all of the information. The previous NBA participant deleted his unique put up defending the coach and defined his motive for erasing it.
“Final night time, with out realizing all of the information, I spoke on Ime Udoka’s protection and after discovering out the information after I spoke, I erased what I posted as a result of this example in Boston is deep, it’s messy, it’s 100 instances uglier than any of us thought.”
“And, that’s why I erased what I stated. Some issues occurred that I can’t condone, I can’t again, and it’s not my place to inform you what occurred. If it finally ends up popping out, it finally ends up popping out. However that was the explanation why I erased my put up final night time as a result of after I posted it, I bought a name from somebody who ran all the main points and s**t is deep. Praying for everyone concerned, you realize, I hope everybody will get by this.”
Matt Barnes on the state of affairs with ime. He was instructed what occurred and it sounds prefer it’s fairly dangerous. pic.twitter.com/PnMZzR2WsW
— Ant ☘️🏀 (@GangCeltics) September 23, 2022
Barnes spoke to VLAD TV and in addition instructed the interviewer that if the entire fact is revealed publicly, he might by no means get the prospect to teach within the NBA once more.
“You realize, if every thing comes out, he’ll be fortunate if he coaches within the NBA once more, to be sincere with you, it’s fairly heavy, man. It’s just a few stuff you possibly can’t do. Not judging, to every his personal. I’ve made loads of errors, but when every thing comes out it may get additional scorching within the kitchen for him.”
Earlier this week, one other former NBA participant, Shaquille O’Neal, said that he’d additionally keep out of commenting on Udoka’s private affairs, albeit for a unique motive.
On a current episode of his weekly podcast, The Massive Podcast with Shaq, O’Neal briefly spoke about why he feels he shouldn’t criticize Udoka.
In line with Sportskeeda, O’Neal admitted to being a serial cheater.
O’Neal had this to say relating to the Udoka reporting: “I’m going to step down from this dialog. I used to be a serial cheater.”
“It could be loopy and blasphemous for me to rise up right here and say, ‘Increase, increase, bam.’ I can’t try this. I do know these guys personally. I do know they’re going by quite a bit as a result of I went by quite a bit.”