Nia Long’s world was turned upside down after it was revealed that Ime Udoka is cheating on her.
According to TMZ, Long moved to Boston to join Udoka just two weeks ago — days before she found out he’d cheated on her.
Udoka Long reportedly opened up about his infidelity a few days ago because he knew the story would come out soon. The Boston Celtics discovered his affair with a married team member back in July and will soon be public about it.
“The love and support of family, friends and community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long told TMZ through her rep, Shannon Barr. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Most importantly, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”
Long brought her and Udoka’s 10-year-old son, Kez, to Boston, and the couple had reportedly been house-hunting. Long and Udoka have been together since 2010 after meeting through a mutual friend, and in November 2011, the two welcomed their first child together. In 2015 they got engaged. Long also has a son from a previous marriage, 21-year-old Maasai.
In 2021, Udoka was named head coach of the Celtics. The 45-year-old has now been suspended for the 2022/2023 season for violating team guidelines.
Udoka issued a statement Thursday night, writing: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. 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.”