Nia Long Opens Up About Heartbreaking Details Of Ime Udoka's Scandal With The Celtics

Ernesto Cova
Ime Udoka and Nia Long
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Just weeks after leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals and being two games away from a championship, the Celtics shockingly announced their decision to suspend coach Ime Udoka for at least one year.

Udoka reportedly had relationships with multiple women within the Celtics organization and didn't even stop when confronted by the front office.

Notably, the former NBA player is also in a relationship with fiancée Nia Long, a renowned actress and beloved figure in Hollywood. Needless to say, this infidelity scandal was a major blow for her.

Their Children Got Caught Up

But as painful or shocking as it may have been for Long, the most heartbreaking part of his scandal is how their children got caught up in the middle of the story, according to the actress and dancer:

"I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son's face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public," Long said, per Marca.

It Was Hard For Them

Nia claimed to be devastated by how people reported the news, and she even had to have her children change schools because of this scandal. Also, she criticized the Celtics organization for never even reaching out to her or her family:

"It was devastating, and it still is. He still has moments where it's not easy for him. 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 OK, to see if my children are OK. It's very disappointing," Long added.

There's More To The Story

Ime Udoka
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Udoka's relationship was reportedly inappropriate but consensual. However, there's more to the story, and it seems like the woman actually complained after he reportedly made some obscene comments about her:

"Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said," reported The Athletic. "At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews."

He May Not Coach Again

Even though we don't know all the details, most insiders agree that the word around the NBA is that Udoka is unlikely to come back next season, and there are serious doubts about whether he'll ever coach again:

"Not only do many tend to believe that Udoka will never again coach for the Celtics, but league sources tell Fastbreak that he may never again be a head coach in the NBA," Sports Illustrated's Brett Siegel wrote. "The Celtics announced that nobody else within the organization will face discipline as a result of their investigation that has resulted in Ime Udoka's one year suspension.

Clearly, there's way more to this story than what has been told thus far. Hopefully, people will think of the children and have some empathy before releasing another report, as Long and her children have been through enough already.