Nia Long Says Celtics Didn’t Reach Her Family Amid Ime Udoka Scandal

Nia Long recently spoke about the scandal involving her longtime partner Ime Udoka, who was fired from her position as head coach of the Boston Celtics in September.

The actor said he was “disappointed” about the lack of support from the Celtics organization in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

“If you’re in the business of protecting women – sorry, no one in the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m okay, if my kids are okay. That’s very disappointing,” she said.

Long explained that the team’s decision to hold a press conference regarding Udoka’s suspension affected their 11-year-old son, Kez. According to the publication, he picked Kez out of school after news of Udoka’s scandal broke. Long also has a 22-year-old son named Massai from a previous relationship.

“I think the most heartbreaking thing about all this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very special situation public,” he said. “It was devastating and still is. There are still moments when it’s not easy for him.”

The Boston Celtics did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Nia Long and Ime Udoka at BET’s 2017 Black American Film Festival Honors Awards February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Udoka was suspended for one year for violating team policies. Citing anonymous sources, several publications had reported that he was facing punishment for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization at the time.

News of the suspension sparked social media fire, with many Twitter users speculating about which female Celtics employee may have been involved in the scandal.

During Press conference The team’s general manager, Brad Stevens, gave an emotional speech in September offering his support to the women in the Celtics organization, addressing Udoka’s suspension.

“We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was really tough for them,” she said. “No one can control Twitter speculation and rampant bullshit, but I think it’s our responsibility as an organization to make sure we’re there to support them right now. A lot of people have been unfairly dragged into this.”

Long reprising the role of Jordan in the highly anticipated Peacock franchise based on the “The Best Man” movie franchise called “The Best Man: The Final Chapters” has received a wave of online support from loyal fans after Udoka’s scandal erupted. .

The actress told THR that she was relieved by the support regarding the situation, which made her feel like “my heart had jumped out of my body.”

“And then what I found was this tribe of men and women who stood up for me in a way like I was inside this bubble of protection, and it was so comforting,” he said.

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