Nia Long Gets Emotional While Reflecting On Ime Udoka Scandal

Nia Long just lately mirrored on the “devastating” previous few months of her life, which included her then-fiancé Ime Udoka’s suspension as head coach of the Boston Celtics and the couple’s subsequent breakup.

“I’ve had some pretty devastating moments in my life over the last couple of months and I’ve had to just say, ‘It’s alright, you’ll pick yourself back up and’ — oh my God I’m about to cry — ‘You pick yourself back up and you keep it moving,’” the “Best Man: The Final Chapters” actor mentioned throughout an interview with Yahoo Leisure’s Position Recall on Friday.

Long was thrown right into a media frenzy after the Celtics introduced in September that Udoka had violated crew insurance policies. A number of publications, citing unnamed sources, reported that Udoka confronted punishment for participating in an improper relationship with a member of the group. He was suspended for one yr.

Long confirmed her cut up from Udoka in an announcement to the Los Angeles Occasions final month.

Nia Long and Ime Udoka on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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The actor has publicly criticized the Celtics for the way in which by which the group publicized the incident, together with the crew’s determination to carry a press convention addressing Udoka’s suspension in September.

Long advised The Hollywood Reporter in December that the scenario took a toll on her 11-year-old son, Kez, whom she shares with Udoka. She additionally has a 22-year-old son, Massai, from a earlier relationship.

“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,” she advised The Hollywood Reporter. “It was devastating, and it still is. He still has moments where it’s not easy for him.”

Earlier within the Yahoo Leisure interview, Long mentioned her former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” co-star Will Smith, whose notorious slap on the 2022 Oscars has gained renewed consideration throughout this yr’s awards season.

Long mentioned Smith “carried a burden for many years to … represent what perfection looks like.”

“I don’t think that — at least when we were growing up — there was room to be human,” she continued, including that Smith is a “joyous person.”