Nia Long has officially issued a statement after trending on social media all week upon headlines that her fiancé and Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an affair with a staff member!
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” says Nia to PEOPLE magazine. “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.”
Ime has since then been suspended from his role as head coach of the basketball team. It has been stated that he violated team policies and that his future with the team will be further evaluated.
According to ESPN Ime had a, “role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.”
As updates continue to roll in a source tells TMZ, that Ime had been under investigation since earlier this summer back in July. Team members are said to have caught wind of the affair amongst him and the married staff member.
However Ime is said to have only told Nia sometime this week because the news was set to hit mainstream media.
Nia alongside her and Ime’s young son Kez had recently moved to Boston, as the family had began to go house hunting.
Ime apologized to both his family and team members within a forwarded statement to ESPN, “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision.”
He continues, “Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”
Despite the sincere shock wave this news has sent throughout social media, online users have been riding for Nia in sending her endless love and support.
Ime Udoka had "improper intimate and consensual relationship" with a female member of the Celtics staff, per @ShamsCharania pic.twitter.com/ANfOltkvPH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 22, 2022
How the breakup argument is going between Ime Udoka & Nia Long right now… pic.twitter.com/MrQngP5xXj
— Orlando Valentino (@OVeezyy) September 22, 2022