Matt Barnes makes troubling comment about 'messy' Ime Udoka situation

Udoka was suspended for a full season after allegedly having improper relationship with a Celtics staff worker.

by Dzevad Mesic
Matt Barnes makes troubling comment about 'messy' Ime Udoka situation

Former NBA player Matt Barnes has made a troubling comment regarding the Ime Udoka situation as he has offered his prayers for everyone involved. After the Boston Celtics announced the suspension of head coach Udoka, Barnes came to the defense of the suspended Celtics coach.

But after talking with a person with the knowledge of the situation, Barnes said Udoka did something he just "can't condone." "Last night, without knowing all the facts, I spoke in Ime Udoka's defense," Barnes said on his Instagram Live.

"After finding out the facts, I erased what I posted. This situation in Boston is deep. It's messy. It's 100 times uglier than any of us thought. Some things happened that I can't condone, I can't back."

Barnes after learning details about the Udoka situation: My prayers

Barnes refused to reveal the details he learned, but offered his prayers to everyone affected by this situation.

"It's not my place to tell you what happened. If it ends up coming out, it ends up coming out. Praying for everyone involved," Barnes added. On Friday, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck addressed the media. During his presser, Grousbeck acknowledged that it's a concerning situation regarding all parties involved.

"I am concerned about the situation and its impact on everybody in the Celtics' organization," Grousbeck said. "I do hope this represents the beginning of a new chapter, and a chance to turn the page and move forward with things, to some extent, resolved." A year ago, Brad Stevens stepped from his role of being the Celtics head coach and was promoted to the president of basketball operations position.

In his first year as the Celtics head coach, Udoka led the team to the NBA Finals. But Udoka's acts went against the team's policy and Stevens acknowledged that it put within the Celtics organization in an uncomfortable position.

"It's been a hard time," Stevens said. "The only thing I would like to say is that I thought, and Wyc mentioned it already, we have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought [Thursday] was really hard on them.

Nobody can control Twitter speculation and rampant bulls---, but I do think we as an organization have a responsibility to support them now, because a lot of people were dragged unfairly into that."