A shocking departure. I am Udokathe head coach of the Boston Celtics, was suspended from the NBA after it was revealed he was having an alleged affair with another member of the organization.
“The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violating team policy,” said an official Boston Celtics press release on Thursday, September 22, per United States todayand noted that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date” and that “the suspension will take effect immediately.”
For his part, Udoka released a statement of his own following the news. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.”
The former assistant coach of the Brooklyn Nets – who was in a relationship with his fiancé Nia Lang since 2010 — has allegedly had an “intimate and consensual relationship with a female member” of the NBA, according to a report by Athletic released Thursday, September 22, in violation of its code of conduct.
News of Udoka’s suspension comes less than a day after the ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski claimed the Celtics manager could be suspended for the entire 2022-2023 season.
The former San Antonio Spurs player got engaged to Long in 2015, 51 – four years after they welcomed 10-year-old son Kez in 2011. Udoka was also a stepfather figure to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Alum’s 21-year-old son Maasai, whom she shares with ex Maasai Z. Dorsey.
For her part, Long took to her Instagram story hours later to share a video with a cryptic message.
“When you see people changing their whole lives and starting to walk a path of enlightenment – I’m talking about embracing trees, connecting with nature, loving yourself, embracing positivity, letting that light shine” , says the caption of the clip. depicting a peaceful scene in nature.
In May, four months before news broke of Udoka’s alleged rendezvous, Long publicly praised her partner after leading his team to the playoffs.
“Speechless… patience and determination,” she wrote via Instagram at the time, adding, “#imeudoka #blessedandgrateful.”
Earlier this month, the Best man star shared a sweet photo of her and Udoka’s son heading to his first day of fifth grade.
“There he is… my delicious little boy! 🥰,” Long captioned the Instagram upload, which saw Kez grinning while holding up a homemade sign celebrating the new school year.
Though the athlete proposed to the New York native in 2015, Long revealed on Essence’s “Yes, Girl!” podcast in 2020 that she’s in no rush to walk down the aisle — and has been candid about her reasons for waiting .
“Love is complicated, let’s just start with it,” she said at the time. “And then you start a marriage I’ve never married. And there’s a reason for that, because I don’t know that I have to say yes to prove to you that I love you. … I don’t know if I need that to feel like I’m in a working partnership.”
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