Nia Long says Celtics didn’t reach out to her family amid Ime Udoka scandal

Nia Long recently opened up about the scandal involving her longtime partner Ime Udoka, who was suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics in September.

The actress said she was “disappointed” with the Celtics’ lack of organizational support in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Thursday.

“If you’re in the business of protecting women – I’m sorry, no one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m okay, to see if my kids are okay. It’s very disappointing” , she said.

Long said the team’s decision to hold a press conference on Udoka’s suspension had an impact on their 11-year-old son, Kez. She pulled Kez out of school after the Udoka scandal broke, according to the publication. Long also has a 22-year-old son, Massai, from a previous relationship.

“I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to go public with a very private situation,” she said. “It was devastating, and it still is. There are still times when it’s not easy for him.

The Boston Celtics did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Nia Long and Ime Udoka at BET’s 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Udoka was suspended for one year for violating team policies. Several publications, citing unnamed sources, reported at the time that he faced possible punishment for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization.

News surrounding the suspension ignited social media, with many Twitter users speculating that the female Celtics staffer may have been involved in the scandal.

During the press conference Addressing Udoka’s suspension in September, Brad Stevens, the team’s general manager, gave an emotional speech offering his support for the women of the Celtics organization.

“We have a lot of talented women in our organization, and I thought yesterday was really tough for them,” he said. “No one can control the Twitter speculation and rampant bullshit, but I think we as an organization have a responsibility to make sure we’re here to support them now. A lot of people have been dragged in unfairly there- inside.

Long – who reprises his role as Jordan in the anticipated Peacock series based on ‘The Best Man’ film franchise titled ‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’ – received an outpouring of support online from his devoted fans after the announcement of the Udoka scandal. .

The actor told THR that she was heartened by the support over the situation, which made her feel like “my heart jumped out of my body.”

“And then what I found was this tribe of women and men who stood up for me in a way that made me feel like I was in this bubble of protection, and that was very comforting” , she said.


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