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Jay Williams' thoughts on Ime Udoka's suspension | First Take

  • čas přidán 22. 09. 2022
  • Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams discuss any problems with the Boston Celtics' decision to suspend Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season.
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  • California Condor
    California Condor Před 2 měsíci +1810

    Molly must be thinking : it's a good thing ESPN doesn't have that policy ❗

    • Ghee Rock
      Ghee Rock Před měsícem +2

      Malika is mis-informed just like Matt Barnes. Don't jump on the gun unless you know all the details, or you make yourself look like a misguided fool. Malika definitely was schooled here.

    • Exchange101
      Exchange101 Před měsícem

      @Mr. Artistry everyone has some level of power. They get to pick and Choose and they have a certain level of authority which others listen too, so don’t down play a coaches power to no voice in saying so in any given situation. That coach had power but was stupid and threw it all away for nothing and now he’s loosing EVERYTHING…self, family, respect and career all for what????

    • Gloria Cato
      Gloria Cato Před 2 měsíci

      CALIFORNIA, right on.

    • Shamir Grant
      Shamir Grant Před 2 měsíci +1


    • CaRL DJuSTIceD
      CaRL DJuSTIceD Před 2 měsíci

      She feels uncomfortable lol

  • Klajwert
    Klajwert Před 2 měsíci +101

    I love it how Jay handles this convo. Hes not giving any „hot takes”, he points out repeatedly that we don’t know all and that’s why he can’t say if something’s right or wrong. He should be an example for us all in this kind of situations. Stop the speculation, it hurts also people that are not directly involved in the case.

    • Manuel Shaul
      Manuel Shaul Před 2 měsíci

      Smh the Celtics made it public. ...they open the door to speculations. ..what are y'all.slow. If they don't make it public nobody would be saying nothing they want you to know that's why they put it out ...wake up to the speed.of GOD ...y'all.thinking on the slow.level.of Satan ..Damm y'all.slow

    • Underdog
      Underdog Před 2 měsíci

      Just thinking about the same thing about Jay. Jay definitely sets the standards on how to discuss a topic and handle himself.

    • Reynard Joseph
      Reynard Joseph Před 2 měsíci +1

      Yup, same with the ben simmons situation..jay always reads the situation first before conclusion..smart man

    • MegaLBreezy
      MegaLBreezy Před 2 měsíci

      Awe... Yeah, they should have college courses based on him! 😂

    • Williams Brown
      Williams Brown Před 2 měsíci +3

      Just wish the Celtics took this route. You can’t speaking in “stoping speculation” and “hot takes” with out speaking about the source who got the ball rolling and WHY it’s being blown up to be as if he stole money from disenfranchised ppl or something or used racial slurs. If you’re going to harp on one area , harp on all.

  • neonmatt24
    neonmatt24 Před 2 měsíci +277

    There has to be more to this story! A consensual relationship between two co-workers doesn't equate to a year long suspension and no repercussions to the other individual involved.

    • Ghee Rock
      Ghee Rock Před měsícem +1

      Malika is mis-informed just like Matt Barnes. Don't jump on the gun unless you know all the details, or you make yourself look like a misguided fool. Malika definitely was schooled here.

    • Stephanie Hilliard
      Stephanie Hilliard Před měsícem

      More like the moral of the story is stopFCKNG WIT THEM ⬜ GIRLS! BROTHERS!

    • Kerwin Leong
      Kerwin Leong Před 2 měsíci

      @therealmikebrown Dude. From what is being reported. It was a Consensual Relationship! Consensual as in they both agreed to it. He did not use force OR his Power to take advantage. Try using your so called IQ over 20 next time.

    • Blade Smith
      Blade Smith Před 2 měsíci +1

      @therealmikebrown bro..if that was the case ..it would be Sexual Harassment..any person with an IQ over 20 would understand....it was "Consensual" this means in english an activity done with mutual interest..If he wasnt her boss..it would be Sexual Misconduct..none of that was said..the report said "Consensual"..they could argue that it lead to work place nepotism but if she aint suspended something aint right..or something is White..

    • therealmikebrown
      therealmikebrown Před 2 měsíci

      It does if one is the other's boss.
      It opens the team up for lawsuits.
      It's not hard for anyone with a IQ over 20 to understand.

  • GJ
    GJ Před 2 měsíci +184

    This reminds me of what happened at Arkansas with Bobby Petrino. The more time passed, more and more came out.

    • sirjer73
      sirjer73 Před 2 měsíci +1

      Ole Bobby Petrino and Rick Pitino had classic episodes!!!!

    • BBG INC
      BBG INC Před 2 měsíci +1

      The woman he’s smashing is married though. Same difference

    • Princella Smith
      Princella Smith Před 2 měsíci +2

      Exactly!! Definitely more to this story.

    • LogicalWeed
      LogicalWeed Před 2 měsíci +1

      @kansas66204 ehh not quite the same though. Actuality being married means more to the public. This got so big because of the parties involved. Blame the Celtics

    • kansas66204
      kansas66204 Před 2 měsíci +1

      @LogicalWeed He is engaged to Nia Long, and they have a kid, so he basically married

  • Zach Shannon
    Zach Shannon Před 2 měsíci +5

    I can see Stephen A's point. 1 year suspension doesn't add up to a consensual relationship which leaves people to think more. They should of just said he broke team guidelines and suspended him. He's not defending ime

  • louduzit
    louduzit Před 2 měsíci +107

    I see both sides, but it would be more weird if the Celtics said they were suspending Udoka and DIDN’T give a reason. Even if they made a blanket statement and said “for violating company policy” SOMEBODY would’ve found something out and leaked it. Either way it goes we’d be talking about it now or later.

    • JackFancy
      JackFancy Před 2 měsíci

      @kingmichaeln1 it’s 2022 and political views is in everything unfortunately. I’m in branding/marketing and covering up a scandal looks bad on a company both ethically and morally. It would signal the franchise as sketchy, they condone that behaviour and lack integrity. Might be a tiny thing in your world but situations like this derails brands/businesses; even if it’s a hiccup in the team’s history money is still a factor (whether it be endorsements, partnerships or sales) so the best course of action would be transparency. Being open and honest throws coach under the bus for his actions while protecting the franchise’s brand. One year is a bare minimum IMO, if the rumours are true Udoka and Celtics will have to cut ties despite how successful he was. This rule is in place for many business reasons, doesn’t matter how common or unfair you and I think it is.

    • kingmichaeln1
      kingmichaeln1 Před 2 měsíci

      @JackFancy lol why do you think the public would care that bad that someone cheated

      YO SQUIDD Před 2 měsíci

      @StreamToronto Is that like CRT dumbed down?

    • JackFancy
      JackFancy Před 2 měsíci

      Exactly. Things would be even worse for the Celtics once the public found out Boston was trying to cover it up but SAS is too old school to realize it

    • Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts Před 2 měsíci +1

      @Rapslove for? No report came out saying Ime harassed her. And if he did the Celtics wouldn't have kept him. They would have fired him immediately. She's married to the VP, do you really think the VP would keep Ime if he were harassing his wife?

  • Sarkastik B
    Sarkastik B Před 2 měsíci +177

    Well, he's a great coach...and I'm pretty sure multiple teams want him right now in their organization. All he have to do is, just wait and stay ready.

    • Edwin Karani
      Edwin Karani Před 10 dny +1

      But also he should learn to coach his little man...

    • bang
      bang Před 2 měsíci

      Yea, he's a great leader alright. 👏 Perfect role model for our youth!

    • Nate G.
      Nate G. Před 2 měsíci

      Well he suspended by the organization not the nba. I think if he got fired he wouldn’t have to wait that long. Most teams would fire there current coach for one who just brought a team to the finals in his first year.. even with the baggage.

    • FerallHog
      FerallHog Před 2 měsíci +2

      I doubt it. He showed a lack of wisdom and self control. Not to mention dishonesty and immaturity.

    • DemhA FDJH
      DemhA FDJH Před 2 měsíci

      @XC what baggage? Dating? You’re an idiot

  • MrNoLa 31
    MrNoLa 31 Před 2 měsíci +9

    They making it seem like something worst took place. It’s messed up that they even put this out to the public. That’s what Stephen A is saying.

  • Marcus J
    Marcus J Před 2 měsíci +210

    She wasn’t uncomfortable when TD told her to hike the ball 😂

    • Jose
      Jose Před 2 měsíci

      Who is TD?

    • Milo Milo
      Milo Milo Před 2 měsíci

      She didn't want to hike it

    • brother SAR
      brother SAR Před 2 měsíci +1


    • Paul wid it
      Paul wid it Před 2 měsíci +1

      Bro 😂😂😂 that clip is still funny to this day when I look back at it years later

    • LT
      LT Před 2 měsíci +1


  • Brian
    Brian Před 2 měsíci +127

    Even if it was consensual it's warranted, there's a reason why policies like this are put into place. Open your company to unnecessary risk and see how it goes

    • Dirck Gillam
      Dirck Gillam Před 2 měsíci

      Is she suspended for a year also?

    • I am Robert Paulson
      I am Robert Paulson Před 2 měsíci

      @PaulsGospel Gaming they were fired for similar infractions lmao you just said it. We’re probably talking about it because he’s the head coach of an NBA team. Just maybe. It’s pretty obvious

    • Dirck Gillam
      Dirck Gillam Před 2 měsíci

      A year seems excessive tbh.. like Damm man

    • Wyte Lester-Green
      Wyte Lester-Green Před 2 měsíci


    • Zac Zurn
      Zac Zurn Před 2 měsíci

      @Mike Mattis A company can do whatever makes the most sense to them. It’s called rules

  • ThyViralLoad
    ThyViralLoad Před 2 měsíci +305

    “Because you know I know”😂😂😂😂😂

    • Paul Jones
      Paul Jones Před 2 měsíci

      He wants all the smoke

    • Tracey Ray
      Tracey Ray Před 2 měsíci

      LOL 😂😂

    • Kofi Ali
      Kofi Ali Před 2 měsíci


    • Paul
      Paul Před 2 měsíci +4

      He attacks the organization for leaks while implying he has inside info

    • tswagg504
      tswagg504 Před 2 měsíci +1

      Lol he said that like the ultimate snitch/tattle tale

  • Kaptain40
    Kaptain40 Před 2 měsíci +2

    Now one thing people aren’t saying is that why would some teams have policies like this in place and the simple answer is to avoid stuff like this. Companies don’t want messy situation so they just removed the problem just as ESPN removed the problem between SAS,Molly,and Jalen Rose

  • Crystale Barnicle
    Crystale Barnicle Před 2 měsíci +179

    The fact that Molly says she feels uncomfortable is the funniest thing I've seen on this show in a grip😂😂😂😂😂

    • Ghee Rock
      Ghee Rock Před měsícem +1

      Malika is mis-informed just like Matt Barnes. Don't jump on the gun unless you know all the details, or you make yourself look like a misguided fool. Malika definitely was schooled here.

    • Jay S
      Jay S Před měsícem

      Cause she married a co host jalen rose and have no room to talk and now acting like she got amnesia like it never happened.

    • Deryck Halstead
      Deryck Halstead Před 2 měsíci

      This woman is mad annoying

    • Tony R
      Tony R Před 2 měsíci

      Yes it is

    • brother SAR
      brother SAR Před 2 měsíci +2

      @Traveling Wit TEE yup🤣🤣🤣

  • Kramer Solinsky
    Kramer Solinsky Před 2 měsíci +10

    There's either way more to the story or the Celtics are trying to make an example out of Udoka for behaviour that's complicated the inner-workings of the organization. Either way we clearly just don't know enough, making a circus out of it until we know more is equally as troubling as the Celtics publicizing the relationship.

  • Samard Boatwright
    Samard Boatwright Před 2 měsíci +48

    Molly started panicking 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Shea Craig
      Shea Craig Před měsícem

      😄 🤣 😂

    • Brian Williams
      Brian Williams Před 2 měsíci +2

      “Does ESPN have that policy???” -Molly 🥺

  • Black Zetsu
    Black Zetsu Před 2 měsíci +21

    I love how Smith always thinking out of the box. 😂

  • It's Just Steve
    It's Just Steve Před 2 měsíci +87

    They need to share their HR policies since they referenced it. If Ime's legal team finds somebody else who violated the policy but did not face the same consequences, the C's management will be exposed. Next question is whose mother/daughter/sister/wife....was he with?

      BRENDAN KANDAKAI Před 2 měsíci

      Why do they have Nia long on the commercial. He got suspended because of who he had the relationship with not because he had the relationship let be honest

    • FerallHog
      FerallHog Před 2 měsíci

      Do you see what a mess Ime Udoka created for his employer now? You just described it.

    • Polo22546
      Polo22546 Před 2 měsíci

      @Scores Man I watched the video when he said it, but he didn’t mention names. It’ll come out eventually.

    • Archer Bluth
      Archer Bluth Před 2 měsíci

      @OHiWONder Gaming exactly!

    • Lion MAKUNGA
      Lion MAKUNGA Před 2 měsíci +4

      So. If it’s someone wife, no one is talking about her cheating?. She’s a whole adult?. 🤔

  • k
    k Před 2 měsíci +71

    They need to name both sides in this equally, she cheated and violated code too hold her to the same standards call him out call her out too smh

    • Jaleel El-Shabazz
      Jaleel El-Shabazz Před měsícem

      She was the wife of VP of finances, and despite she and her husband sleeping in separate bedrooms, Udoka violated by ringing their door bell whole husband was home, Ime was seen and heard on camera asking for some late night tail.

    • DkAbanobicomedy
      DkAbanobicomedy Před 2 měsíci

      Exactly, in that case, there are no speculations

    • J. Brown
      J. Brown Před 2 měsíci

      @No Name You are speculating as well.

    • jimmyboy1582
      jimmyboy1582 Před 2 měsíci

      @No Name if that was true, she could reported him. She didnt. She still sleep with him. Her choice. Fire her.

    • No Name
      No Name Před 2 měsíci +2

      She tried to call it off and Udoka became obsessive and was stalking her lololol

  • I Know More Than You.
    I Know More Than You. Před 2 měsíci +211

    Stephen A obviously knows a lot he can't say LMFAOO

    • Jaleel El-Shabazz
      Jaleel El-Shabazz Před měsícem

      @Scores Man: Most players and coaches can't stand SAS!!

    • Jaleel El-Shabazz
      Jaleel El-Shabazz Před měsícem

      ....Then he needs to keep his big mouth shut!!

    • TheWholeWorldChannel
      TheWholeWorldChannel Před 2 měsíci

      The exec who’s wife was getting that looong (Dark) D down, called in a favor! Stevie Wonder can see what happened.. 🫤. This was a personal choice that may cost their team another trip to the finals.

    • TC
      TC Před 2 měsíci

      @deciuswtasby ding ding ding n later we find out. It's the VP of the Team ...his wife ...I had a feeling it was not just a staffer lpl

    • zay swag
      zay swag Před 2 měsíci

      @Mitch Mark World finally someone that can read between the lines

  • Inside the Arc
    Inside the Arc Před 2 měsíci +1

    If he knew these were the organizational rules & he broke them then he probably knew the outcome that was coming wasn’t going to be a hand slap. Regardless of whether we agree or not with the offense that’s not the point but to think that this is the only organizational misconduct is delusional.

  • Princella Smith
    Princella Smith Před 2 měsíci +28

    There has GOT to be more to this story. Lots of rumors are flying, so we don't know, but something HAS to be more behind the scenes for them to suspend him for a year.

    • Los good music Mandrell
      Los good music Mandrell Před 2 měsíci

      My thing is , the Celtics should have never leaked part of the scandal between two coworkers. By them not leaking the entire story from both sides, it seems very disingenuous to the coach. The Celtics have done nothing to the woman because she is not victim but a willing participant in this scandal. Regardless of the job Udoka did the Celtics have someone in mind that they feel can do the same or better than what Udoka has done. To me that’s the bigger issue….

    • paul thomas
      paul thomas Před 2 měsíci

      coach was stalking. doing crazy stuff. liberal media doesnt want you to know that.

  • jeremiah phillip
    jeremiah phillip Před 2 měsíci

    In my understanding of what's happening the Celtics management went to far...the suspension makes no sense.Have to agree with Stephen A Smith he is right on point.

  • E. Burks
    E. Burks Před 2 měsíci +9

    Like Jayson said the severity of the punishment says to me that there’s more to the story. Unfortunately I think he started to catch feelings and started harassing her. We should let it play out.

    • Jes Smiles
      Jes Smiles Před 2 měsíci

      @YO SQUIDD yassss this the one!! Point blank

      YO SQUIDD Před 2 měsíci +3

      He is a man with urges, maybe she was feeling him(dangerously) spoke it into existence, and started to harass him! He got caught hook, line, and sinker! I've known the scenario for
      50 years. She needed his big package and she got him caught and her husband retaliated not against his wife, but a Black man. Like Mandingo. Big D problems are what some of us have, so sad but if it were reversed what would happen?

  • chris kim
    chris kim Před 2 měsíci +205

    Stephen A and Molly are nervous lmao hahahaha 😂 “don’t publicize it!!!”

    • brother SAR
      brother SAR Před 2 měsíci

      @Milo Milo It was rumoured but they gave crazy by vibes like it was true and in this video Molly's uncomfortable - (hint, she's never uncomfortable) and SAS is somewhat defensive 🤔 hmmmm

    • Milo Milo
      Milo Milo Před 2 měsíci

      @chris kim maybe b4!!

    • chris kim
      chris kim Před 2 měsíci +1

      @Milo Milo after jalen rose yes

    • Milo Milo
      Milo Milo Před 2 měsíci +1

      Did Steven hit it????

    • Mr. Anderson
      Mr. Anderson Před 2 měsíci +3

      SA and Molly are lucky ESPN hasn't run samples on their bed sheets.

  • Mason Harkness
    Mason Harkness Před 2 měsíci +58

    yoo someone needs to meme the part where Stephan A glaring at the camera and says
    “because you know I know” 😂😂😂

    SQUADDY Před 2 měsíci +2

    The celtics are one of the biggest sports franchises in the world. You don't fire or suspend the coach and think no one is gonna ask follow up questions. They needed to get in front of the story because if they did what Stephen A is insinuating and cover up the messiness it would lead to an even bigger controversy.

  • chris uzoma
    chris uzoma Před 2 měsíci +2

    First time I'm agreeing with Stephen A in a long while.

  • Munty Al-Bazaz
    Munty Al-Bazaz Před 2 měsíci +1

    The Celtics will for sure have to release more information, the story feels unfinished. There has to have been more damage committed by udoka (we don’t what it is yet) to warrant a 1 year suspension. Only time will tell how this situation plays out but to be fair molly did ask a good question based on Woj’s report. What’s the reason that Udoka would pick a year long suspension over leaving the job?

  • CharlieX
    CharlieX Před 2 měsíci +11

    LOL 3:32 😂 "Cause you know I know". Stevie A already know what's up 🤣🤣🤣

  • Adam Holland
    Adam Holland Před 2 měsíci +334

    They saying she was the wife of someone in upper management. He was clapping the wrong cheeks. 🤣

    • ebo m
      ebo m Před 2 měsíci


    • Kehinde Busari
      Kehinde Busari Před 2 měsíci

      U are funny

    • Adrian Rocha
      Adrian Rocha Před 2 měsíci

      Well, in that case, settle that outside. No reason for a man to be suspended from his job for an entire year over a domestic spat.

    • Rapslove
      Rapslove Před 2 měsíci

      @Edward Fitzgerald Where is that report

    • Ger Yang
      Ger Yang Před 2 měsíci

      Wives...what's the point of marriage in this day and age

  • ice man
    ice man Před 2 měsíci +442

    “I feel very uncomfortable” Okay Molly 🫤

    • Elliott Santiago
      Elliott Santiago Před 2 měsíci


    • Terror-Dom
      Terror-Dom Před 2 měsíci

      Molly's the office pig.

    • Black Titan
      Black Titan Před 2 měsíci +1

      Lmfao right I’m tired of her bs

    • luie fairbanks
      luie fairbanks Před 2 měsíci

      Molly just divorced jalen rose 🥴

    • Harry Toms
      Harry Toms Před 2 měsíci

      @Tiger Hoods so why are you only coming at her when they all said it's uncomfortable? You're a salty boy aren't you? Mad at women for feeling uncomfortable talking about the private busniess of adults. You're a child, grow up.

  • Jayyyg Jayyyg
    Jayyyg Jayyyg Před 2 měsíci +1

    Stephen A is doing what he does best. Creating television "Drama"... There is no way the Celtics could fire or suspend Udoko, without some type of public explanation. Stephen A; knows that! But, you know he has to make the story about "HIM". It's good for ratings!

  • Red Man
    Red Man Před 2 měsíci +70

    All I have to say is why Is it Brett Favre not getting this much attention

    • Milo Milo
      Milo Milo Před 2 měsíci

      Did he cheat too???

    • NNews Podcast
      NNews Podcast Před 2 měsíci

      And that racist Owner in Phoenix

    • David Aqueous
      David Aqueous Před 2 měsíci

      Because he’s not the coach of a title contender

    • La Mina De Oro
      La Mina De Oro Před 2 měsíci +1


    • MegaLBreezy
      MegaLBreezy Před 2 měsíci

      Let's talk about all the nggaz that have forged false insurance claims after they retired from football... No? How about murders? Drug dealers? Leaving their kids? Cheating on wives? Are there any black role models that don't dribble a ball? Oh yeah... Brett Favre though! 😂

  • James Gutierrez
    James Gutierrez Před 2 měsíci +3

    What are the chances Udoka agreed to what and how information was revealed?... He was going to have to deal with backlash either way so by making reason known immediately it happens sooner rather than later

  • kevin vazquez
    kevin vazquez Před 2 měsíci +1

    There is 0% that he is getting suspended for a whole season for just dating a coworker, no organization especially the Boston Celtics would throw away a coach of this caliber for a code of conduct breach unless its big enough where the public opinion would turn against them. I think he either Used his position to pressure someone in to a relationship or favoritism where he was treating better his partner compare to others, well thats my opinion because the suspension is suspicious

  • Status Boom-X
    Status Boom-X Před 2 měsíci +1

    On this rare occasion I agree with EVERYTHING Steven A. Said.

  • Chris Hackett
    Chris Hackett Před 2 měsíci +1

    What would the Celtics have to gain from breaking this? There has to be more

  • Tracey Ray
    Tracey Ray Před 2 měsíci +1

    Yes their has to be more to this story. We’ll see how it plays out!! 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • rick schricter
    rick schricter Před 2 měsíci +3

    Stephen A doesn't get it. When one person in power has a relationship with a subordinate, it's not fair to other employees. It creates a toxic work environment where people can sleep their way up and bosses can prey on subordinates whether it's consensual or not.

    • LovingMe1st
      LovingMe1st Před 2 měsíci

      A white woman in Boston has all the power.

  • J Ca
    J Ca Před 2 měsíci +1

    i wouldn't be surprised if there is an organizational policy that prohibits relationships between superiors and subordinates. I think there are several other companies with similar policies. So my question is: Are the consequences of breaking that particular policy termination, suspension, or what?

  • you’ll have to wait
    you’ll have to wait Před 2 měsíci

    Way to go to the PR team for getting out in front of this thing.. Put it out there!

  • Rich Monroe
    Rich Monroe Před 2 měsíci

    I agree with Steven A. Absolutely👍🏾

  • Nurse McFarlane
    Nurse McFarlane Před 2 měsíci +2

    Stephen A. Smith is right the Celtics mishandled how they presented this.

  • itsclvr
    itsclvr Před 2 měsíci +9

    I think the full title of this clip is "Jay Williams thoughts on Ime Udoka's suspension interrupted repeatedly by Stephen A yelling the same thing he said in other clips over and over again | First Take"

  • 562FOOO
    562FOOO Před 2 měsíci +19

    you can tell Jay went to Duke and Stephen didn't😂

    • BlazinStreets
      BlazinStreets Před 2 měsíci +3

      Yeah Stephen A went to Winston-Salem State down the road 😅

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jones Před 2 měsíci +8

    Franchise has been ripped apart chemistry wise now 😢

  • Ty Pressley
    Ty Pressley Před 2 měsíci +5

    Brett Favre is loving this. The heat is off of him.

  • Carl York
    Carl York Před 2 měsíci +1

    SA actually speaking facts for once

  • Thotty DaGod
    Thotty DaGod Před 2 měsíci +8

    "Cuz you know I know" 🤣🤣🤣🤣 that's funny af 😂😂

  • Patricia Lewis-Neal
    Patricia Lewis-Neal Před měsícem

    Yes, they are so wrong to suspend the Coach for a year for something that was consensual on both end. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong! 😮😢😮

  • McArthur Tolbert Jr
    McArthur Tolbert Jr Před 2 měsíci

    I know what you're thinking Stephen A and I'm right with you on that

  • dee see
    dee see Před 2 měsíci +170

    So Molly uncomfortable but when she was talking about Deshaun Watson and fake crying she wasn’t uncomfortable

    • MegaLBreezy
      MegaLBreezy Před 2 měsíci

      Btch is slow and sloppy!

    • MegaLBreezy
      MegaLBreezy Před 2 měsíci

      When she talks I feel like she is on Xanax. That is her entertainment value. But she has Kardashian surgeries once a month.... 🙈

    • Dee Boy
      Dee Boy Před 2 měsíci

      Deshaun Cosby lol

    • Viqtor
      Viqtor Před 2 měsíci

      @Joseph Huff but she aint even eye candy, thats another problem

    • David Paris
      David Paris Před 2 měsíci

      @marquis stepeney do you live in the 1950's or did you just get dropped on the head as a baby? Who hurt you?

  • Aqua Sun 🦋💫
    Aqua Sun 🦋💫 Před 2 měsíci +4

    It couldn't have been leaked if it hadn't happened. They both knew the rules

  • SC2point0
    SC2point0 Před 2 měsíci +163

    If the Celtics woulda fired him and left the reason up to speculation, Stephen A woulda had a problem with that too.

    • James
      James Před 2 měsíci

      @Peter MULINZI His job is to always bring race into everything? He's a joke and people giving him a pass because he is playing a character for TV is pathetic.

    • lionel3185
      lionel3185 Před 2 měsíci +2

      Doubtful. If Ime really did something wrong and/or the unnamed woman felt he sexually harassed her at some point, then they should have said that and suspended/fired the man and kept it moving. I assure you, people would have had less of an issue if that was the case.
      Clearly though they want to keep the coach who got the team to the finals and who the players really like. So they "investigated" and then proceeded to label the actions as a violation of company policy to lessen the infraction. The story OUT OF THEIR OWN CAMP IS THAT THEY HAD A CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP. Meaning, two people willingly violated the company policy yet they are only airing bro out. It's not about needing to wait for more details, the reports are what they are and from all indications the Celtics fumbled this epically trying to please all parties. 3 months of internal investigation and this is how they handle this?

    • D K
      D K Před 2 měsíci +1


      TRUTH HURTS Před 2 měsíci

      Stephen A Smith takes up for none black Americans. He will trash a black American athlete whenever possible. Ime knew what he was doing. He was warned to stop and continued. So deal with the consequences !!!! They need to fire him. He put a lot of people at risk. He deserves whatever they choose to do with him. It was going to get out one way or another. If he's missing on the bench, everybody will know something is wrong. I suspect the women will receive a payment or will sue. If this was Kevin Durant or Kyrie or Cam Newton, Stephen A Smith would trash them to no end. But it's one of his none black Americans and he defends him. I remember how he defended Brian Flores too. And he defended that Donovan Mitchell was the greatest Utah Jazz player of all time (yes, over Stockton and Malone). SAS is a joke.

    • BobbyMarley
      BobbyMarley Před 2 měsíci +2

      Nah, he actually deserves to get fired, Suspending him indefinitely creates all of this nonsense about his character. CEO's get fired for this all the time.

  • Rafael Cruz
    Rafael Cruz Před 2 měsíci

    Definition of objectivity
    : the quality or character of being objective : lack of favoritism toward one side or another : freedom from bias. I agree with Stephen A. Smith. If you have a talk show and are afraid to make comments on a topic; You better quit your job.

  • Twodeep Upyours
    Twodeep Upyours Před 2 měsíci +1

    He broke the rules now he's paying for it, welcome to the real world

  • Meneses
    Meneses Před 2 měsíci +17

    Lmaooo Stephen a is hilarious 😂😂😂

  • Lyle Davis
    Lyle Davis Před 2 měsíci

    The statement about this being a “consensual relationship” irks me. Why say that at all? Why not say he is being “suspended for having inappropriate relationship with a staff member”?
    Something more physical may have happened here and Jay may be right that this move by the Celtics is protecting Ime. If my speculation is true than the female staffer is definitely getting paid by the organization.

  • Only1Victor
    Only1Victor Před 2 měsíci

    Jay Williams is exercising wisdom here. Very ilogical to draw a conclusion when you don’t have the full facts. Especially on what might be a sensitive subject.

  • Lisa Jones
    Lisa Jones Před 2 měsíci

    He deserves what he got. The coach is the leader. Character is important. Integrity is important. What he did is absolutely wrong. Leadership should be held at a higher standard. Boston Celtics was absolutely right. Stephen A you're absolutely wrong

  • Jonny Turtleneck
    Jonny Turtleneck Před 2 měsíci +20

    It gets really touchy in all HR stuff when a boss does stuff with an employee under him

    • Winston Syme
      Winston Syme Před 2 měsíci

      It can get really expensive also.

    • Courtney Cascadian
      Courtney Cascadian Před 2 měsíci +5

      If her husband is the VP of the same organization that position of power argument goes straight out the window.

  • Zac Zurn
    Zac Zurn Před 2 měsíci +27

    Yeah this situation has some SERIOUS PLOT LINE yet to be unveiled.

  • Chum Calm Down
    Chum Calm Down Před 2 měsíci

    At this point if the suspension is this long. It's not what happened. It's who was involved

    INFINITE UNIVERSE Před 2 měsíci +2

    Sounds like the Celtics' old fashioned and Draconian rules about dating within the company will come back to hurt their organization, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a team rule in the first place. Remember that when Lakers president Jeannie Buss was sleeping with their coach Phil Jackson, there was no team violation even though she's the bosses daughter. Having established himself last season as one of the top coaches in the league, the Celtics may not be able to recover if actress Nia Long's baby-daddy Ime Udoka is suspended for the entire year. Losing Udoka will shake up the entire Eastern conf, and he may decide never to return to coach the Celtics. Brad Stevens was an overrated NBA coach and now is showing himself to be a terrible GM by giving Udoka the same suspension as Sarver.

  • Sidra_Games
    Sidra_Games Před 2 měsíci +54

    I don't understand how it's a leaked story. If he is getting a 1 year suspension...like we aren't going to ask why he is not on the bench for a whole year? You can't suspend a coach for a year and give no public reasoning.

    • Lee Wade
      Lee Wade Před 2 měsíci

      He said fire him and let people speculate not leak the story that it was a consensual relationship and then give him a season long suspension

    • Sir Smiles
      Sir Smiles Před 2 měsíci

      They can suspend him and say he violated policies and not say what they were and theres nothing you can do about it.

    • Nate
      Nate Před 2 měsíci

      Sure you could. Ime's camp did the leaking I'd bet to ensure people knew it was consensual

    • Mike Stone
      Mike Stone Před 2 měsíci

      @D Kolle Its leaked all over Reddit and Twitter just hasn’t made it way to ESPN quite yet. Also, the woman had reservations and now accusing him of sexual harassment as well lol it’s a crazy story.

    • Sidra_Games
      Sidra_Games Před 2 měsíci

      @Christopher Edwards I would agree with you except that just isn't the way the world works - notice the 2 other recent examples I gave. And I'd challenge you to find single CEO, Leader type in Sports/Entertainment etc/ that had serious consequences such as firing or a 1 year suspension where we have no idea why.

  • The Goat
    The Goat Před 2 měsíci

    The issue is what took place during work hours in workplace facilities with workplace devices. Before or after work or on non work days with personal devices is left to the discretion of the participants. 3rd party seems like it was used to play with summations and get out ahead of the perception of what went down and make the coach appear as though he violated policy of a harassment nature where he would then be isolated as to the repercussions of the whole issue.

  • Nathan Kabingesi
    Nathan Kabingesi Před 2 měsíci

    Stephen A saying "we gotta be adults" while he sounds like a toddler on a sugar rush, contrasted with Jay calmly reiterating his point is peak irony. The fact that the histrionics on this show have greater value than rational discourse/journalism in today's media landscape is just sad

  • K DC
    K DC Před 2 měsíci

    it had to get publicized, if they don't people are going to wonder why a head coach wasn't on the bench for a whole year.

  • Cedric Hunt
    Cedric Hunt Před 2 měsíci

    I feel Stephen A. Why would you release that information to the public? Just suspend him and let people speculate. But to blast that publicly, seems like the Celtics had a motive behind this

  • TONY Ochiha
    TONY Ochiha Před 2 měsíci +3

    SAS isn't making any sense here at all: The Celtics Organization had a specific policy about this and HC was suspended for that specific reason so them covering it up would have made it look like they were covering up for a person in power violating their policies. This type of incident would get a CEO fired from a company in other organizations. The HC is the number one person responding for thr Celtics being generous enough to allow him to be suspended for 1 year because they could have easily fired him.

    • PaulsGospel Gaming
      PaulsGospel Gaming Před 2 měsíci +1

      YOU DON'T SUSPEND A MAN THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING BACK. YOU DON'T AIR OUT THE BUSINESS OF A MAN THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING BACK. That makes no sense whatsoever. You fire him or you retain him and keep it in-house. What don't you understand about that?

  • George Plaskett
    George Plaskett Před 2 měsíci +17

    Y'all know why this happened. Coach didn't stay in his lane!

  • Think and Grow Rich
    Think and Grow Rich Před 2 měsíci +2

    The problem here is not only does this not solve any problems, but it creates new ones.
    That is the essence of a botched, mismanaged PR/HR nightmare. Udoka can't work here, or anywhere else. No precedent has been set, because he didn't lose his job, and the woman, who did the same thing, and violated company policy, gets no punishment. Are you going suspend everyone for one year who has a consensual relationship at the Celtics? (Not her, apparently. If it was against her will, she would've went to HR, but it seems that didn't happen, so she is also at fault.)
    A top coach can't come in, because the Celtics haven't made clear what their future leadership will be, so all you get is filler at Head Coach. And the players, the franchise, lose the season, because the owner has a gut feeling?
    Udoka failed, but the Celtics came over the top and went for a much bigger fail. The solved nothing, and created a PR and HR problem for this season, and next season. The Celtics could've handled this 100 different ways, all of them better. What a cluster!

    • S F
      S F Před 2 měsíci

      The Celtics ain’t going to let Ime just go to the Knicks or Brooklyn just like that. He screwed up and the C’s are going to make sure he doesn’t screw them again on the way out. Just call it Business. 😉

  • Sly
    Sly Před 2 měsíci +6

    He deserves the suspension for cheating when you have nia freaking long at home. 😂

    • Ricky V
      Ricky V Před 2 měsíci

      @Sly you're wrong bro. Not married. But he's still an idiot for putting his job in jeopardy like that. After just 1 year no less

    • Sly
      Sly Před 2 měsíci

      @Michael Nichols they are still married and have been so it had to be recent or he wouldn’t be getting suspended

    • Michael Nichols
      Michael Nichols Před 2 měsíci

      @Sly I thought it was reported that they were not together when this was occuring. Which makes sense

    • Sly
      Sly Před 2 měsíci +2

      Lol you act like Ime is in his twenty’s he will be 50 real soon, we don’t even know who this other woman is she better be bad asf.

    • PaulsGospel Gaming
      PaulsGospel Gaming Před 2 měsíci +7

      51 year old Nia Long? Are you crazy?

  • Chaznad
    Chaznad Před 2 měsíci

    Thank you JWill for having a brain.. I guarentee there’s much more then reported. Also, If they fired Ime after an incredible season. Do u think SAS wouldn’t be freaking out about needing an explanation

  • Anthony Dayboch
    Anthony Dayboch Před 2 měsíci +1

    Yeah so he made non consensual remarks towards the woman in question. That often warrants people being fired in the workplace. I’m a lifelong Celtics fan and I hate that Udoka was involved in this because I think he’s the best coach we’ve had in a long time. But this is on Woj and Shams for reporting misinformation before they had all of the facts. It’s also sadly on Udoka for doing this. Legit ruined a legit shot at a title run. It seems like First Take doesn’t know that the Celtics ownership/front office didn’t want this to get out. They act like Wyc Grousbeck and the Celtics ownership group wanted this to get out and leaked this. It’s total cap

  • Jay Season
    Jay Season Před 2 měsíci

    Thank you Stephen A this is ridiculous.

  • William Parker
    William Parker Před 2 měsíci

    I want everyone to think about how the Celtics didn't care about his morals or theirs when they were in the playoffs? THEY DIDN'T CARE THEY ONLY CARED ABOUT WINNING THE TITLE. WHERE WERE THEY THEN?

  • Rollie
    Rollie Před 2 měsíci

    Jay is 100% right on this one and Stephen A on a tangent

  • thapoloking
    thapoloking Před 2 měsíci +43


    • De'Shaun Gregory
      De'Shaun Gregory Před 2 měsíci

      I didn’t think I would be into this topic but these comments are making it too good😂😂😂😂

    • Terror-Dom
      Terror-Dom Před 2 měsíci

      Molly shits where she eats.

    • xgal2
      xgal2 Před 2 měsíci +1

      That's a good one lol

    • Jonathan C
      Jonathan C Před 2 měsíci

      She beeen smashing no doubt

    • Jason Brumfield
      Jason Brumfield Před 2 měsíci

      She found her husband AT WORK

  • Kenneth Wesley
    Kenneth Wesley Před 2 měsíci +2

    They better be lucky she wasn’t on another team. And giving away practice plays. But dude should. Have this job thou. 👍🏾

  • David
    David Před 2 měsíci +23

    I love JWill on this show even though I don’t personally like him. He holds StevenA foot to the fire on a consistently basis. We all know SA knows what many have eaten on a daily basis!

    • Rapslove
      Rapslove Před 2 měsíci

      Even a Smith knows nothing anymore all his sources left the NBA the new people dislike him that's why he comes up with this BS he knows nothing anymore

    • Sports Fan
      Sports Fan Před 2 měsíci


    • Conscious
      Conscious Před 2 měsíci +5

      do you know him personally to no like him personally?

  • AJ
    AJ Před 2 měsíci

    He seems PERFECT for LA!

  • Bert
    Bert Před 2 měsíci

    It doesn’t make sense because, they are supposedly being up front about it, and coming out about it(they being the Boston Celtics) yet we know it’s not worthy of a year long suspension when, like they just said, artests malice in the palace was a year long suspension, so why not just come out and be clear about exactly why it’s a year long suspension

  • kofi Ashiboe-Mensah
    kofi Ashiboe-Mensah Před 2 měsíci

    For once I agree with Stephen A

  • Jahnar Neil
    Jahnar Neil Před 2 měsíci

    The fact Stephen A is somewhat defending it more than others and him saying he knows should tell you it's BS

  • Jimmy Evans
    Jimmy Evans Před 2 měsíci +1

    I am all for the punishment. If we could just do the same to the Nets, 76ers, Hawks, Bucks, Heat and Bulls, I would appreciate it. Jim from Cleveland

  • James Smith
    James Smith Před 2 měsíci

    He was told to stop and didn't and the continued afterwards which got him this suspension.....He fkd up and needs to deal with the consequences. These types of policies are in place for a reason

  • Christopher Davison
    Christopher Davison Před 2 měsíci

    What SAS is overlooking it’s definitely more to the story for a year long suspension. You have to read between the lines it’s a private matter with the Woman being a Spouse of a high level executive. I have no compassion for Udoka he should’ve respected his job. He’s in a position of leadership he failed his team, ownership & their fanbase. The honorable thing would be step down so the Celtics can move forward!

  • Freddie Veltz III
    Freddie Veltz III Před 2 měsíci

    I like Steven A. But the issue is this: 'they have a policy, he violated that policy. Regardless of who what or how.....the Celtics were w/i their right to suspend him '. Period.

  • Of Mice And Mandrakes 100
    Of Mice And Mandrakes 100 Před 2 měsíci +2

    Who else saw the other interviews of Stephen A saying he should be fired 🤣🤣🤣

  • carlton brown
    carlton brown Před 2 měsíci

    Stephen A. Smith is the man and speaking the Facts!!

  • Lionel Joseph
    Lionel Joseph Před 2 měsíci +2

    Bret Favre is thanking the Celtics 🎉for this news he can continue to go under the radar

  • Johairis Duran
    Johairis Duran Před 2 měsíci +30

    Steven a is delusional...If he got fired after getting you to the finals...the media would eventually find out why....

    • Nicholas Hale
      Nicholas Hale Před 2 měsíci +1

      This is the pot calling the kettle black. When Max "left" the show everyone knew why and SAS made comments about it leading up to reporters. That was personal stuff that didn't need to be exposed (especially because he was incorrect) That all could have been handled behind closed doors and it wasn't. They could have simply said "We are getting killed in ratings and want to mix it up" but they made it personal about Max. Max being lackluster half the time or clearly owning the debate (more so near the end) caused issues. Like Molly wasn't acting a fool, SAS doing wild takes and talking over ppl. There is a lot more than just the dynamic that at play. In fairness this was "leaked" in a different way, but either way you are making things public that don't need to be.

    • Steven Enrique
      Steven Enrique Před 2 měsíci

      Privacy doesnt exist anymore thanks to the NSA and CIA in lieu with the media. He shouldve been seeing someone outside of the organization, and I condone it because hes married.

    • Dazzer 1804
      Dazzer 1804 Před 2 měsíci +2

      @Johairis Duran Then why air his personal business without the facts. You keep things behind closed doors.

    • Johairis Duran
      Johairis Duran Před 2 měsíci +1

      @Dazzer 1804 so if he got fired after making the finals... Don't you think they would be a million questions why?

    • Dazzer 1804
      Dazzer 1804 Před 2 měsíci +3

      Totally the wrong point you are making here bud. It was leaked!

  • gorobot
    gorobot Před 2 měsíci +3

    Excited to see SAS double down on blaming the Celtics when more information comes out of what Ukoda did. Stephen A is walking the "guys will be guys" vibe on this, and it won't age well.

    AWFULBLUEBIRD Před 2 měsíci

    i guess this was recorded before the released at half time. After the half time. The new narrative is - Ime was known to make unwanted passes

  • Jennifer Threatt
    Jennifer Threatt Před 2 měsíci

    I respect what Jay Williams says and knows. He says it without your attitude Stephen

  • The Straw That Stirs The Drink

    People can easily blame the Celtics and miss the important part IME KNEW THE RULES THAT WERE IN PLACE TO PREVENT WORKPLACE AND LEGAL PROBLEMS. This fell in the lap of the Celtics seemingly in a short time and were forced to deal with it and its a damned if you do damned if you don’t situation. If you don’t give out the real reason for the suspension people will say discrimination. If you give out the reason and not go through specifics the media and people will complain about mistreating ime. I’m like, where is IME in all of this. If he only set this up properly or more discreetly maybe the Celtics will not have to clean up his mess.

  • Tonya Pendleton
    Tonya Pendleton Před 2 měsíci +1

    Molly had a chance to offer a perspective on this ...and for once they should have let her offer it

  • PeaceFan1
    PeaceFan1 Před 2 měsíci +2

    The Celtics HAD to Addrress it STEVEN, Because when the Season starts and Ime ISN'T THERE, won't people ask WHY????!!!! HELLOOOOO!!!!

  • llcoolray89
    llcoolray89 Před 2 měsíci +7

    I wanna know what else does Stephen A. knows 👀

    • Contel Bradford
      Contel Bradford Před 2 měsíci

      @Larry Moore LOL. And you know this, how?

    • Larry Moore
      Larry Moore Před 2 měsíci

      He knows nothing he acts like he knows everything behind the scene nobody's talking to him anymore because they know he'll throw them under the bus he's a joke