Pistons Assistant GM Bob Murphy Placed On Administrative Leave Amid Internal Investigation Of Alleged Workplace Violation

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Dec 14, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles head coach Rob Murphy walks on the court prior to the game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Murphy was a former assistant coach at Syracuse. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have placed its assistant general manager Bob Murphy on administrative leave amid its internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct. Murphy is accused of having improper relations with a former female staff employee. The 50-year-old Detroit native reportedly became assistant general manager after being promoted during the summer.

Murphy has been on leave for close to a week now after the allegations were first brought to the team’s attention. The internal investigation was promptly launched. Murphy rose through the ranks of the Pistons organization, coming from the world of college basketball where he spent 10 years as head coach of the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team. After he made it to the organization’s G League in March 2021, Murphy became the team’s general manager and president.

This report comes on the heels of a similar incident in the NBA. The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for a full season for allegedly violating team policies. Udoka was reportedly involved in a consensual, intimate relationship with a female member of the Celtics staff, which is prohibited by team rules.

Udoka issued a public apology saying that he has come to terms with the team’s decision. The coach’s fiancé is actress Nia Long and they have been engaged since 2015. Long is widely known for her roles in multiple major 1990s films including Boyz in the Hood(1991) and Love Jones (1997), as well as her role as Will Smith’s girlfriend-turned-fiancé on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. 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, ” Udoka said in a statement.

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