Nia Long responds to appreciations amid Ime Udoka’s suspension
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The love for Nia Long is flowing robust on social media as her longtime companion, 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 reports surfaced that the previous skilled basketball participant was going through suspension for having an alleged consensual relationship with a member of the Celtics workers.
“Cheating on Nia Long? End of days needs 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 a press release supplied to USA Prime Time by her rep.
“The outpouring love and assist from household, associates and the neighborhood throughout this troublesome time means a lot to me,” she stated within the assertion. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the latest occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to give attention to my kids.”
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 the complete 2022 to 2023 season on Thursday.
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, the complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” Udoka stated in a press release to ESPN. “I’m sorry for placing the crew on this troublesome scenario, and I settle for the crew’s choice. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.”
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.
Last 12 months, she spoke to Popculture.com about Udoka nabbing the pinnacle teaching job after being an assistant for 9 years.
“He’s one of the crucial disciplined folks I do know. He’s labored actually laborious for this and now he’s acquired to simply get to work together with his gamers and do what he does greatest,” she stated on the time. “So, it’s an thrilling time for our household to have the ability to sit within the stands.”