ESPN’s Malika Andrews stirred up extra controversy for the NBA’s Boston Celtics when she introduced up the historical past of the staff’s interim head coach from greater than 13 years in the past.
Throughout an on-air NBA Immediately broadcast final week, the sports activities world was upended when it was reported that the Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka, was suspended for an affair with a Celtics govt.
His assistant coach, Joe Mazzulla, was named to take over the staff’s reins for the upcoming season.
The Shadow League reported that in the course of the present, she stated, “We’d be remiss to not additionally point out that Mazzulla was arrested twice in West Virginia, as soon as in 2008 for underage ingesting and aggravated assault. He pled responsible, paid a superb, after which once more in 2009 for home battery after an incident at [a] Morgantown Bar. The home battery case by no means went to trial. It was settled in August of 2009. He paid a $100 superb and courtroom prices, plus needed to do 40 hours of neighborhood service. Now that was 13 years in the past, he settled and paid each fines.”
She stated Mazzulla had paid his debt to society and settled with the girl. This passed off whereas he was a scholar in school. He reportedly has not been in any hassle since then.
Andrews then questioned her colleague Adrian Wojnarowski concerning the hiring of Mazzulla.
“Now, Woj, why are the Celtics selecting him as their subsequent head coach?”
Wojnarowski says, “Properly, let’s begin with this. That is any person whose character they actually imagine in, whose management they actually imagine in, and tactically they assume that Joe Mazzulla has all of the makings of a head coach within the NBA.”
Final week, Andrews was additionally at odds with Stephen A. Smith whereas talking on the subject of Udoka.
In keeping with Complicated, the very outspoken analyst has been vocal concerning the lady within the Udoka scandal not being penalized for her function within the scenario.
On Friday’s First Take, Smith, who had criticized the Celtics group the day prior to this, went on the assault once more by stating, “Solely he’s in violation of the corporate coverage? The girl who elected to have a consensual relationship with him will not be in violation?”
Andrews then known as into the present with this response, “Stephen A., with all due respect, this isn’t about pointing the finger. Cease. What grew to become obvious to me on this press convention is that we shouldn’t have all the data right here. It was irritating, to me, that the Celtics declined to elaborate or give extra specifics about what precisely the rule-breaking was that led us so far.”
She then says that Smith is blaming a lady for what went down that led to the suspension.
“The truth that we’re sitting right here debating whether or not any person else ought to have been suspended or not, we aren’t right here, Stephen A., to additional blame ladies.”
“To begin with, let me be very clear,” Smith responds. “I don’t respect the place you’re going with that, I’m not blaming anyone however Ime Udoka. The actual fact of the matter is, he deserves to be fired in the event that they had been going to fireside him. When you’re not going to fireside him, then don’t hearth him. My problem is all of this being publicized.”
Andrews, who’s relationship a white colleague, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, has been accused by Twitter customers of disrespecting Black males and never having the identical power towards white males.
Malika Andrews responds to Steven A Smith is an instance of poisonous femininity. When the argument wasn’t going within the route she preferred, she weaponized victimhood to realize leverage in an argument with a person. He was not “sufferer blaming” as a result of IME UDOKA mistress will not be a sufferer.
— Darkish Gable (@DarkGable198) September 23, 2022
Malika Andrews I’m an enormous fan, however this entire speaking right down to grown ass males like they’re youngsters is what must “cease” from you. Kendrick Perkins and Stephen A Smith are older and extra skilled within the NBA than you. Specific your opinions properly and respectfully #ImeUdoka
— Angie C. (@Music_Is_Me88) September 24, 2022
The Hypocrisy Is Actual 😂 ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Malika Andrews have a consensual relationship. Why Haven’t @espn suspended both 1 of them or put their enterprise out to the general public like they did coach #ImeUdoka is it as a result of he’s a Mr. Clear? 🤔#StephenASmith #MalikaAndrews pic.twitter.com/RiubIG1LiH
— King Vicious 👑 (@KingVicious3) September 24, 2022
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