Long and Udoka have a 10-year-old son and have been engaged since 2015.
On Friday, Long responded to the outpouring with a statement provided to CNN by his representative.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community during this difficult time means the world to me,” she said in the statement. “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.”
She is loved, especially by the black community, as she has starred in such classic films as “Love Jones” and “Boyz N The Hood.”
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN. “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.”
“He is one of the most disciplined people I know. He has worked very hard for this and now he just has to get down to work with his players and do what he does best,” he said at the time. “So, it’s an exciting time for our family to be able to sit in the stands.”