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Nia Long breaks silence on Ime Udoka’s NBA suspension, says she’s focused on ‘my kids’

To Sophie Schillaci‍, ETOnline.com.

Nia Long has broken her silence on the scandal surrounding longtime partner Ime Udoka and his suspension from the NBA.

The Boston Celtics coach has apologized after allegations surfaced that he had a consensual relationship with a female staff member on the team. reportedly contrary to it. The 45-year-old received his suspension from the NBA for the entire 2022-2023 season.

The ‘Friday’ actress has been engaged to Udoka for nearly a decade and shares with him 10-year-old son Kez and Long’s son Massai from a previous relationship.

“The outpouring of love and support from my family, friends and community during this difficult time means a lot to me,” Long said in a new statement issued to ET. I would like my privacy to be respected when processing, and above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”

Long’s statement came shortly after Udoka broke his silence about the situation on Friday.

“I would like to apologize to the players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for the disappointment,” he said in a statement. co-owner Marika Andrews, host of ESPN’s NBA Today. “I am sorry to put the team in such a difficult situation and accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for all involved, I will refrain from further comment.”

The Celtics will face the Philadelphia 76ers at Boston’s TD Garden on October 18, with the first preseason game starting September 30.

Udoka took over as the team’s head coach ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season and led the Celtics to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, in a 4-2 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Long, who had been engaged to Udoka for nearly a decade at the time, took credit for reaching the NBA Finals in her first year as Celtics head coach.

On Wednesday, the “Friday” actress shared a cryptic video on Instagram when news of the allegations against Udoka broke. It refers to embracing spirituality and finding light after darkness.

Details from ET:



Nia Long breaks silence on Ime Udoka’s NBA suspension, says she’s focused on ‘my kids’

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