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Nia Long broke her silence on the controversy surrounding her fiance, the head coach of the Boston Celtics Name Udokawho was suspended on September 22 for an alleged consensual relationship with Preview (opens in new tab)ha woman on NBA team. The beloved 45-year-old actress, who made a name for herself in such ’90s classics as Love Jones and Boyz N The Hoodreleased a statement thanking fans for their support amid the controversy.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community at this difficult time means so much to me,” Nia said in the statement, per. CNN. “I ask that my privacy be respected while I process the latest developments. Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.” The third guard alum shares a 10-year-old son with Ime and she has another son from a previous relationship.
Nia, 51, and Ime, 45, have been engaged since 2015 and share a 10-year-old son Kez Sunday Udoka. The actress also shares another son who is 21 years old Masai Dorsey IIwith her former actor Masai Dorsey.
Ime was suspended by the Celtics for the entire 2022-2023 season after they claimed he violated “team policy” and said his future with the team would be evaluated in a statement released Thursday. After the news broke, Ime spoke to ESPN. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said. “I regret putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for all involved, I will make no further comments.
Last year, when Ime was moved as head coach after being an assistant for nine years, Nia spoke of how proud she was of her friend. “He is one of the most disciplined people I know. He’s worked really hard for it and now he just has to get on with his players and do what he does best,” she told PopCulture.com at this time. “So it’s an exciting time for our family to be able to sit in the stands.”