Nia Long Asks for Privacy Amid Celtics Ime Udoka Suspension

Nia Long Asks for Privacy Amid Celtics Ime Udoka Suspension
  • The Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for one year over a reported case with a team member.
  • Udoka’s fiancee, actress Nia Long, released a statement thanking people for their support but asking for privacy.
  • The Celtics did not release details of what Udoka did, but said he committed “multiple” violations of the team’s conduct policy.

Actress Nia Long, engaged to Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka, asked for privacy amid Udoka’s alleged affair with a Celtics employee.

In a statement to People, Long also thanked family, friends and the community for “the outpouring of love and support.”

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means a lot to me,” Long said. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process recent events. Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.”

Long and Udoka met in 2010 and got engaged in 2015. Long said the couple doesn’t feel the need to get married. The couple had a child together in 2011.

Nia Long poses at an event in 2022.

Nia Long in 2022.

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Udoka on Thursday was suspended for one year for violating the Celtics’ conduct policy. It was reported that Udoka had a consensual affair with a staff member.

On Friday, The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported, however, that the woman involved in the case had recently accused Udoka of making “unwanted comments” towards her, prompting an internal investigation.

Udoka released a statement on Thursday apologizing for his actions.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I regret putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision.”

The Celtics remained tight-lipped about the exact details of what happened. During a press conference on Friday, team owner Wyc Grousbeck said Udoka had committed “multiple” violations and was accepting punishment.

Ime Udoka watches during a Celtics game.

Making Udoka.

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In their statement, the Celtics said Udoka’s future with the organization would be reassessed at the end of the suspension.

Asked on Friday why the Celtics didn’t fire Udoka, Grousbeck said the team had “no guidelines” on how to handle the situation but felt something “substantial” needed to be done.

“That felt right, but there are no clear guidelines for any of this,” Grousbeck said. “That’s really awareness and intuition and being here for 20 years, and I’m ultimately responsible for the decision, even though I got a lot of advice from partners like [GM] Brad [Stevens] and others. And we got to it collectively.”

Source : www.insider.com

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