Brad Stevens, president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, called out Twitter users for misidentifying Ime Udoka‘s workplace fling.
The Celtics announced Udoka’s year-long suspension on Thursday after an emergency closed-door meeting that lasted several hours.
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The Celtics launched an investigation in July after the woman complained that he made “unwanted comments” toward her and he was harassing her.
Speculation ran rampant as amateur sleuths on Twitter scoured the Celtics’ website and LinkedIn pages in search of the unidentified female staffer.
After photos of Allison Feaster, VP of Player Development, went viral on Thursday, ESPN writer Marc J. Spears shut down the speculation in a tweet.
For those speculating and curious about the Celtics’ situation, Vice-President of Player Development and Organizational Growth Allison Feaster is not involved in this.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 22, 2022
Hearing that Ime Udoka violated team policy and the woman whom he had the relationship with reported DIRECTLY to Udoka, which violates the Celtics policy. The rumor of Allison Feaster is 100% FALSE… And no I’m not telling who, I believe in privacy @SportsGrid
— James Young (@CoachYoungNJ) September 23, 2022
Finally, Celtics president Brad Stevens had enough. He called the speculation “rampant bullish-t”
“We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was really hard on them,” he said in a press conference on Friday. “Nobody can control Twitter speculation and rampant bulls–t. But, I do think that we as an organization have a responsibility to make sure we’re there to support them now, because a lot of people were dragged unfairly into that.”
He added that he thought it was important to address the rampant and incorrect speculation on Twitter.
Stevens was head coach of the Celtics before being promoted to president of basketball operations.
Watch the video below.
“We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was really hard on them. Nobody can control Twitter speculation and rampant bullshit.”
— Brad Stevenspic.twitter.com/UpmkjQJRew
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 23, 2022
Listen if it turns out Ime Udoka had a sexual relationship with Allison Feaster, who’s on the Celtics coaching staff, I’m not saying I condone cheating on Nia Long but I understand!
— ?Teflon D.? #AFA (@Just_CallMeD) September 22, 2022