Former NBA sharpshooter Matt Barnes keeps dropping ominous hints about the Ime Udoka scandal.
Last week, the 16-year NBA veteran, who now hosts a popular podcast, initially defended the disgraced Celtics coach when reports about his inappropriate affair with a female staffer leaked. But then Barnes backtracked, based on follow-up reporting that revealed Udoka made alleged “unwanted comments” towards the woman, and rumors he was hearing.
How the media whiffed on the Ime Udoka story
“I clearly have to say that, last night, without knowing all the facts, I spoke in Ime Udoka's defense, and after finding out the facts after I spoke, I erased what I posted. Because this situation in Boston is deep, it’s messy, it’s 100 times uglier than any of us thought, and that's what I erased what I said,” said Barnes last Friday.
On Thursday, Barnes doubled down on his inferences during an interview with “Vlad TV.”
“But, like I heard it’s not about what he did, it’s about who he did it [with] that is really going to kind of flip the game upside down when it comes to this instance,” he said. “This is not something that’s only the NBA. This happens in the workplace all around. But like I said, it’s not so much the act.”
While Barnes understandably may not want to spread unverified information — or even damaging information — his doomsday insinuations are tiring. Without adding specifics, Barnes is further enflaming the rampant speculation surrounding the scandal.
The Celtics haven’t publicly commented on the situation since last Friday, when Wyc Grousbeck and Brad Stevens met with reporters. Grousbeck confirmed that Udoka committed multiple violations of team policy, and his status with the team would be revisited at a later date.
The Celtics suspended Udoka for the season, naming Joe Mazzulla as their interim head coach.