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Celtics management churns more rumors, speculation

So what did Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and basketball operations head Brad Stevens say Friday morning?

They confirmed that coach Ime Udoka was suspended for the season.

They confirmed that Udoka was suspended for a “violation of team policy.”

They confirmed that the violation was something more than swiping Sharpies from the from the supply closet.

They confirmed that assistant coach Joe Mazzula will serve as the head coach.

From there, they didn’t say much about anything a fan might consider important.

They might be trespassing into legal mine fields by saying more. But they also must realize that saying that clamming up on details of an ugly situation will inspire deep, dark rumors.

They are unhappy with Tweets and posts and texts, and all sorts of social media beat them to the punch and littered the web with false and misleading information. Stevens was clearly emotional over the harm public speculation may have caused women working in the Celtics offices.

“One thing I would like to say is that we have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was really hard on them. I think that nobody can control Twitter speculation, rampant bullshit. But I do think we as an organization have a responsibility to make sure we’re there to support them now, because a lot of people were dragged unfairly into that,” Stevens said.

Whoa. Stevens, the apple-pie of good Midwestern stock, uttered a profanity on live TV.

That confirms the anger and helplessness the Celtics’ brass feel over Udoka’s “violation of team policy.”

Grousbeck and Stevens insist that Thursday’s flood of leaks did not come from them or their employees. They didn’t need to openly jab a finger in Udoka’s direction as the leaker.

Such is life in the digital culture. They couldn’t possibly claim ignorance on that front.

Celtics management says they knew of the accusations against Udoka early this summer and hired a law firm to investigate.

Apparently, the investigation ended this week.

Training camp definitely begins next week.

Grousbeck, Stevens, and other interested parties can’t possibly hope that the unanswered questions will evaporate over the weekend.

A player or two, or more, are bound to reignite the fire on media day.

Management says one and all will be “forward looking,” keeping their eyes on the prize that even some bookmakers say could well be theirs next June.

The Celtics’ status as odds-on favorites may prove to be fleeting.

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