Without the facts being made public, and maybe even if they are (but are ambiguous enough), part of the "bad image" regarding the Udoka situation comes from a goodly number of NBA players and sports media talking heads thinking that Udoka was treated unfairly and that there is a double standard involved.
Udoka quickly going back to work mutes at least that part of the criticism.
And even among Boston fans, I think it is probably a mixed bag:
- Some think Udoka should have gotten a fine and still be coaching the Celtics.
- Some are satisfied that Udoka did some bad shit and a year-long suspension was right and proper.
- Some think that Udoka did something bad, but it is ok that he moves on quickly to coach somewhere else, as long as Boston gets compensation
The whole thing is a muddle. Without more facts and a clear narrative, I think any hit to the NBA's image goes away quickly. And it stays away as long as a lawsuit doesn't pop up or unless Ime starts doing the same shit in Brooklyn.
This is wild to me.
More facts are not going to be made public, because the Celtics/NBA are not going to expose the victim of the harassment to more scrutiny. I just don't understand the demand for more facts. Do people think the Celtics just suspended their coach that they wanted to coach the team for something insignificant? What facts would satisfy you?
The goodly number of players and sports media talking heads thinking that Udoka was treated unfairly just aren't thinking. They just ate up Woj first report and haven't done any thinking since.
Thinking about it for more than ten seconds, for the Celtics to suspend a guy that they obviously wanted to coach their contender for a full season (and really just a placeholder for a firing), it's fairly obvious something considerably worse than a consensual relationship happened.
If you really think "Without more facts and a clear narrative, I think any hit to the NBA's image goes away quickly.", I'd suggest asking any woman you know what they think about the situation.
I'd bet they wouldn't think any hit to the NBA's image goes away quickly at all.
Also, do some Boston fans think Udoka should have gotten a fine and still be coaching the Celtics? That really sucks if true.