Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens appeared before the press to answer the following questions. to the suspension of his coachImme Udoka.
He stated that the Celtics agreed to agree to the liaison of leur entraîneur avec un membre de son staff dunt l’été, and that an independent cabinet of advocates engaged in it for mener una enquête approfondie, et regrettant au passage les fuetes dans Press, “that are part of the NBA”, of the last days.
The owner did not want to detail the reasons for the suspension, but said that Ime Udoka had breached several points of the club’s internal regulations and that his economic sanction “it would be massive”.
Wyc Grousbeck also added that he had discussed this decision with Ime Udoka himself, the latter accepting the sentence. For his part, Brad Stevens has especially insisted on the fate of the women employed by the franchise, and many of whom have been abused on social media in recent days.
Brad Stevens especially wants to protect the women of the franchise.
We have a lot of talented women in our franchise and yesterday was a very difficult day for them. said a very emotional Brad Stevens. “No one can control the speculation on Twitter and the bullshit that abounds there. But we have a responsibility as a franchise to make sure we support them at this time. Because many people have been dragged through the mud unfairly in this story. »
Brad Stevens, who didn’t want to go back to the bench, was also forced to speak out about the arrests of his new interim coach, Joe Mazzulla, when he was a college player at West Virginia.
In 2008, he was arrested for fighting with police at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. In 2009, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat in a bar… Alcoholic incidents coming to light.
“I’ve known Joe since he came to Red Claws, when they were still called Red Claws. [maintenant Maine Celtics], in 2013 or 2014. Then he trained at Fairmont State and I had him intervene at one of my camps and we kept in touch. When we thought about hiring him, I did some research on his background and those incidents in college, and what came out was that I truly believe in him. We both discuss it quite often. He has worked with us for three years and I even think what happened made him who he is now. »
One week before training camp, the Boston leaders have confirmed their confidence in their interim coach. But he will surely take more to find serenity among the last finalists…