Nia Long responds to appreciations amid Ime Udoka’s suspension


The love for Nia Long is flowing robust on social media as her longtime associate, Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka, finds himself embroiled in controversy.

Long and Udoka share a 10-year-old son and have been engaged since 2015.

Consequently, lots of Long’s supporters expressed upset after stories surfaced that the previous skilled basketball participant was going through suspension for having an alleged consensual relationship with a member of the Celtics employees.

“Cheating on Nia Long? End of days has to be upon us. Because ain’t NO WAY,” tweeted Nina Parker, an Emmy-nominated TV host and designer.

On Friday Long responded to the outpouring with an announcement offered to CNN by her rep.

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

She is beloved, particularly by the Black neighborhood, as she has starred in such traditional movies as “Love Jones” and “Boyz N The Hood.”

The Celtics suspended Udoka for all the 2022 to 2023 on Thursday.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka stated in an announcement to ESPN. “I am 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 has not spoken publicly concerning the matter, however on Wednesday she shared a repost of a well being and wellness video on Instagram that referenced discovering mild within the darkness and embracing positivity.

Final yr, she spoke to about Udoka nabbing the top teaching job after being an assistant for 9 years.

“He’s one of the most disciplined people I know. He’s worked really hard for this and now he’s got to just get to work with his players and do what he does best,” she stated on the time. “So, it’s an exciting time for our family to be able to sit in the stands.”