On September 22, Ime Udoka was suspended from his position as head coach of the Boston Celtics, the team announced in a statement. statements. The message cited “team policy violations” as reasons for his departure, adding that “a decision on his future with the Celtics will be made at a later date.” the day before ESPN reported that Udoka allegedly had a “role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.”
Shortly after, Udoka, who is engaged to actress Nia Long, addressed the report on a declaration provided to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” she said. “I am sorry to have put 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.”
POPSUGAR was unable to immediately reach a representative for Udoka, and although a representative for Long did not immediately respond to a request for comment, on September 23, Long addressed the allegations in a statement provided to People. “The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community during this difficult time means the world to me,” she said. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.”
Long and Udoka are parents to son Kez Sunday Udoka, who was born in 2011. The actress, known for her roles in “Boyz N The Hood,” “The Best Man,” and “Friday,” also shares a 21-year-old son. old son named Maasai Dorsey II with former Maasai Z. Dorsey. She and Udoka met in 2010 and have been engaged since 2015.