Celtics coach, who might have brought team to a championship in his 2nd year, is suspended by his own team

It is a different world out there, and even an up-and-coming winning NBA coach isn’t above the rules that say you should not be going within your organization for romance, especially if the people whom you go after work under you in any way. For a coach, that means you basically cannot be involved with anyone at work.

The Boston Celtics late Thursday suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for what the team called “violations of team policies,” rocking one of the preseason NBA title favorites a month before the new season begins.

The team did not specify the violations. Reports by ESPN and The Athletic said that Udoka was facing disciplinary action over a consensual relationship with a female colleague. The Celtics statement did not elaborate on the circumstances.

The team appeared to leave open the possibility that Udoka had coached his last game with the Celtics.

“A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the 46-word team statement read.

The Celtics did not name an immediate replacement for Udoka.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said in a statement reported by ESPN. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

The suspension jolted the league and shook a Celtics team coming off an unexpected appearance in the NBA Finals in Udoka’s first season as their coach. The expectations for Udoka’s team have been high for the season that begins next month: The Celtics were the betting favorites to win the championship as of Thursday morning.

Considering how long society ignored, or even celebrated, workplace lotharios, it is good that people can now lose their jobs over these issues, no matter how powerful those people might be.

Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka, whom everyone now assumes will lose his job.

Gay pro wrestling star is ready to be the role model the sport needs

Pro wrestling is a mystery to me, mostly because I don’t understand the fans. These people shell out a lot of money to watch these matches and I’ve never understood the answers to these questions: Do most of them know it’s a sham and they are going along with the spectacle and showmanship of it all? Or do they actually think that, because these (mostly) guys do actually hurt themselves during their over-the-top wrestling match performances, that all of it must be real?

I’m not knocking the fans of pro wrestling, any more than I’m knocking my many friends who adore Project Runway, The Amazing Race or RuPaul’s Drag Race. All of those shows run disclaimers at the end during the credits that specifically state that the producers of those programs may have taken steps that affect who wins and loses based solely on what makes the program more watchable.

OK, not in so many words. But that is essentially what all these programs do. It’s “reality” showbiz-style.

Yet everyone I know who watches these shows puts all of that in the back of their minds as they immerse themselves in outcomes they deep down know are probably fixed.

So, back to wrestling. Which I bring up because a story caught my eye this morning.

It’s from the pro wrestling-obsessed YouTube channel TSC News via 411mania.com, and it involves AEW wrestler Anthony Bowens, one-half of a hugely popular tag team in the AEW. (The AEW, for those who do not know, is the wrestling promotion company that is giving the WWE a run for its money.)

Anthony Bowen is gay. And he doesn’t care who knows it. In fact, he wants to be wrestling’s first superstar gay hero. Says Bowen about the warm reception he’s received:

It’s great and it’s one of the things that attracted me to come into AEW when I came here as an extra before I was signed. I saw people like Sonny Kiss and Nyla Rose just walking around being themselves without judgment and people being inclusive with them and there was no fear for them at all to be themselves and that was super important to me for wherever I would land at the time.

There’s never a time where I’m at work where I’m consciously thinking about it, it’s something that’s openly celebrated. I bring it up openly in front of my friends and co-workers, so we’ve come a long way in terms of inclusiveness in locker rooms and such. Fans from time to time, we still have got work to do but it’s been overwhelmingly positive.

I take that responsibility of being an out athlete very seriously because I’d like to show that you can be a successful openly gay professional athlete without it being the center of attention, without being the center of focus. At times, it is important to bring it up. For next week in particular, Max and I are gonna fight for our lives in this match and we also wanna bring home gold and if we do, I end up being AEW’s first gay champion, which is something that I would be super proud of. So I’m going to have some extra inspiration underneath me for that match.

I think I’m probably safe in predicting that any pro wrestling match has more Trump fans than Biden fans, but that’s just a hunch.

Having an out-and-proud man of color in that sport is a watershed of some sort, though I don’t follow the sport closely enough to know how much of one it really is. It certainly feels like an important line to cross.

Anyway, you can watch Bowen’s entire TSC interview below. He seems very likable. I love him merely for having a framed Simpsons still above him while he is being interviewed.

Tickets for Trump’s Saudi-backed golf tournament are going for $1 on StubHub

Given that Donald Trump has failed at just about everything else he’s tried — Trump steaks, Trump vodka, Trump Airlines, Trump casinos, Trump “University” and, of course, the Trump presidency — it stands to reason that his inaugural Saudi-backed golf tournament would be less than stellar. Everything the man touches fails.

This is what the Wall Street Journal, once reliably in Trump’s orbit in every way, had to say:

The golf itself, meanwhile, wasn’t exactly supercharged—light crowds were spread across much of the vast grounds here on the first day of the tournament. Tickets for the Saturday session were available on stubhub.com for as little as $1.

And Mr. Trump, well, acted like he owned the place.

The high-profile group for Thursday’s pro-am round produced an unusual scene: at least a dozen golf carts, including Mr. Trump’s with the presidential seal, were on the same hole. It was also a rare glimpse into Mr. Trump on the course after rounds during his presidency were typically out of view from the press.

Mr. Trump also took liberties that others might not feel comfortable doing at a prestigious country club. He took out divots on some practice shots. On the second hole, he also drove his cart up to the edge of the green—which left some confusion because not everyone, including Mr. Al-Rumayyan, had yet to hit their shots. After they called out to him, Mr. Trump backed up.

One dollar a ticket. LOL.

Trump cannot ever seem to get out of the way of everyone else just trying to carry on with business about which he is oblivious as he screams “Me! Me! Me! Me!” from the sidelines.

Note that this tournament was meant to be a big “Eff you!” to the PGA, which pulled its prestigious tournament from Trump’s golf club in the wake of Trump inciting a seditious insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

There is never not a good reason to run this picture, which may or may not be real, showing Trump with poopy pants.