“We understand that there was an incident with Ime Udoka, and we’d like to speak directly to you to get your version of what happened, rather than hear only from Ime himself or some intermediaries or third parties who don’t have your personal involvement and direct perspective.”I'd be shocked if an organization is reaching out to a victim to get a reference. Like how does that conversation even go? "So I know the sexual harassment was awful and all....but was it really THAT bad?"
I'd guess the Rockets spoke to people within the Celtics organization and it was similar to what happened in other cases where it isn't enough to ruin a guys career but enough for him to move on and start fresh somewhere else.....since that's what's happening.
I mean, it’s pretty much exactly what the Bruins should have done in the Mitchell Miller situation. It’s also exactly what you’d avoid if you want to give an air of plausible deniability while pretending that you did real diligence.
“Not enough to ruin a guy’s career, but enough for him to move on and start fresh,” is in the eye of the beholder. And, typically, a neutral investigator would want more information from direct participants rather than less when performing such analysis.