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Nia Long ‘Blindsided’ By Ime Udoka Affair, Expresses Gratitude For ‘Outpouring Of Love & Support’

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Nia Long is asking for privacy as she processes the news of Ime Udoka’s affair. 

Ime, who just became the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics in June 2021, was suspended for the entire 2022-2023 NBA season for having an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff.

According to reports, Ime was carrying on an affair with a married front office staffer, which is a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct. 

Following his one-season suspension, Ime Udoka released a statement apologizing to the organization.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN’s Malika Andrews

“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.”

The first apology should have been to Nia Long and his family.

Nia and the couple’s 10-year-old son, Kez, just moved to Boston two weeks ago, and the couple was house hunting.

Meanwhile, Ime knew the Celtics organization had learned of his affair and the shizznit was going to hit the fan. 

But, he never informed Nia Long about his transgressions and put her in a position of not only being blindsided but publicly humiliated.

She only learned of the affair a day or two before it hit the press.

Speaking through her rep, Shannon Barr, Nia said:

The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me.

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.

Social media has been standing 10 toes down with Nia through this ordeal. 

Read a few tweets below. 

https://twitter.com/justasisterfro2/status/1573119066440605699

Nia Long and Ime Udoka have been together since 2010 and they welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in 2011. 

In May 2015, Ime put a ring on it and the two became engaged. 

Nia deserved better than this!

Source: TMZ

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