‘Blindsided’ Nia Long breaks her silence after learning that her Boston Celtics coach fiancé cheated on her with an assistant
- Ime Udoka’s Fiance Nia Long Was Reportedly Bumped By His Reported Affair
- Long, 51, starred in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and is the mother of Udoka’s son
- This week, Udoka was banned for a year for violating unspecified team rules
- He was reportedly having an affair with a female member of the team staff
- Long reportedly moved to Boston several weeks ago and was unaware of the affair
- Her spokesperson said Long is seeking privacy and concerned for her family
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Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Nia Long broke her silence today after learning that her Boston Celtics fiancé, Ime Udoka, was cheating on her with one of his staffers.
The starlet told TMZ in a statement that she was “overwhelmed” by the affair, which comes when she moves to Boston to be with her old beau.
Long, 51, and Udoka, a former NBA player turned coach, have been together for more than a decade.Read:Coco Austin Responds to Critics After Giving Daughter, 6, Bath in Kitchen Sink: ‘Here We Go Again’
They got engaged in 2015 but never married, although they share a 10-year-old son. She also has a son from a previous relationship.
This week, their family happiness was destroyed when the Boston Celtics suspended Udoka for violating ethics rules by having a consensual affair with the unnamed staffer.
Nia Long with fiancé Ime Udoka in 2017. He has been suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics for an inappropriate relationship with a female staff, despite being engaged to Long
Long, 51, and Udoka, 45, have been together for over ten years. They were seen together at the Barclays Center in New York last August
Udoka and Long with their son Kez in 2018. He is now ten. She also has an older son, Massai, from a previous relationship (pictured together)Read:Priyanka Chopra shares photos from Malti’s first trip to New York
It is believed that this is how Long discovered the infidelity.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long said through her spokeswoman.
“I ask that my privacy be respected in processing the recent events.
“Most of all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children,” she said.
Udoka, the Celtics sophomore head coach with a once stellar record, was banned Thursday from the entire upcoming season for “multiple” unspecified team rule violations.
In a statement on Thursday night, he said: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for disappointing.”
He was also given a ‘significant financial fine’, although the amount has not been disclosed.
The 45-year-old is said to have had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.
That woman has not been named. In the team statement appointing assistant Joe Mazzulla as interim coach, Boston said Udoka’s future would be determined “at a later date.”
Long became a household name with her role in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air as Lisa Wilkes, Will Smith’s girlfriend.
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