Nia Long will ‘deal with my kids’ after Ime Udoka affair

Actor Nia Long appreciates the priority individuals have proven after information broke that her fiancé, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, had an improper relationship with a feminine staff employees member.

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long mentioned in an announcement to Boston.com. “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.”

Long and Udoka have been in a relationship since 2010 and share a 10-year-old son. The 2 have been engaged since 2015, however had no plans of getting married, with Long as soon as telling Essence.com that “marriage is not a priority.”

On Thursday evening, the Celtics introduced Udoka could be suspended for the whole lot of the 2022-23 NBA season after an impartial investigation discovered that the coach’s relationship with a staffer was a violation of a number of staff insurance policies.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka mentioned 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.”

At a Friday press convention, Celtics proprietor Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens didn’t broaden onwhat the investigation discovered or what particular staff insurance policies Udoka violated.

Whereas a lot of the protection of Udoka’s state of affairs centered on the sports activities repercussions, Long’s followers voiced their emotions in regards to the affair on social media, with many stating how beloved Long is within the Black neighborhood.

Long made her first massive splash as Brandi in John Singleton’s 1991 movie, “Boyz N the Hood.” She landed a visitor spot on “Living Single” in 1993, and a yr later she had a recurring position in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Long starred alongside Ice Dice and Chris Tucker in F. Gary Grey’s “Friday” in 1995.

Podcaster and Oscar-winning producer Van Lathan Jr. tweeted, “Nia Long has an 100% approval rating with Black America and Ime Udoka is about to understand that.”

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) shared a message of help for the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor.

“Sending nothing but love to Nia Long. We’re not letting a man, who didn’t recognize the luxury her presence was, dim all her beauty and glory,” he wrote. “Matter of fact, we need a Nia Long national holiday!”

Person @queenveej wrote, “Sad part is Nia Long don’t even be in no mess and now this man got her name everywhere while she just trying to film the last Best Man in peace.”

Under are some extra tweets in help of Long.