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Nia Long breaks silence on Ime Udoka’s cheating allegations

Nia Long has broken her silence amid allegations that her fiancé, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, had an affair with a female staff member.

On Thursday, NBA franchise bosses confirmed that Udoka had been suspended from the NBA franchise for the 2022-23 season “for violating team policies.”

“A decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension is effective immediately,” the statement read.

fatal case star Long, 51, said Pleasemynews in a statement Friday that while she was grateful for the support she has received since the allegations came to light, she is focused on her children.

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community during this difficult time means so much to me,” she said in the statement. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I deal with recent events. First and foremost, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”

Early Thursday morning, Shams Charania, senior NBA editor at The Athletic, reported that Udoka had had an inappropriate intimate and consensual relationship with a woman on the team’s staff, a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct. It was also reported that Udoka was facing imminent disciplinary action.

Following the suspension announcement, which came a day after news broke that he was facing disciplinary action, Udoka, 45, issued an apology to fans and his family.

“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I’m 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.”

Long and Udoka went public with their relationship in 2010. They welcomed a son several months later. Long also has another son, born in 2000, from a previous relationship.

While longtime and retired basketball player Udoka got engaged in 2015, they chose not to take a trip down the aisle. Long explained his reasoning behind the decision during a 2020 appearance on essence magazines Yes girl! podcast.

“I’ve never been married,” she said. “And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know if I need to say ‘yes’ to prove that I love you. But also, what does marriage really do [mean]…that you own me now and I own you? I don’t understand this part.

“I understand the religious aspect of marriage,” she continued. “It’s beautiful and it’s fantastic and it’s dreamy and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have that moment. But I don’t know if I need that to feel like be in a partnership that works.”

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