Nia Long and Ime Udoka have decided to pursue their individual goals. It has been confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE by a source that Long, 51, and Udoka, 45, have dissolved their relationship after it was suspected that Long had an affair with a female subordinate working for the Boston Celtics organization. Long was the head coach of the Boston Celtics for 13 years.
According to the source, Nia is putting all of her attention on reestablishing her life and caring for her children despite the tragic and distressing circumstances. The couple “is no longer together but remains fully committed to co-parenting their son [Kez],” according to a representative for Long, who also confirms the couple’s breakup.
After the Boston Celtics held a press conference in September to discuss Udoka’s ban, the pair decided to end their relationship shortly thereafter. “I believe seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private matter public was the most terrible thing about all of this,” Long said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last week. “I think that’s the most heartbreaking thing about all of this.”
The Boston Celtics released a statement regarding Udoka’s instant suspension from the team in September, just a few weeks before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season. The statement also included the reason for the suspension. They stated that Udoka had violated “team policies” at the time, and they mentioned that his future with the team will be considered.
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“GAME-CHANGER” for Debt-Plagued Americans: Zero Percent Interest Through 2024. PEOPLE later corroborated the allegations that Udoka had a “role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.” Shortly before the Celtics statement went online, ESPN reported that Udoka had a “role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.”
After some time had passed, Udoka provided Malika Andrews of ESPN with a statement regarding the alleged romantic relationship. He said, “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down.”
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family.” I apologize to the team for placing them in such a precarious position, but I will respect whatever conclusion they come to.