Nia Long Says The Celtics Didn’t Reach Out To Her Family Amid Ime Udoka Scandal

Nia Long just lately opened up concerning the scandal involving her longtime associate, Ime Udoka, who was suspended because the Boston Celtics’ head coach in September.

The actor stated she was “disappointed” concerning the lack of assist from the Celtics group in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter printed 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 OK, to see if my children are OK. It’s very disappointing,” she stated.

Long had defined that the group’s determination to host a press convention about Udoka’s suspension took a toll on their 11-year-old son, Kez. She took Kez out of college after information of Udoka’s scandal broke, in accordance with the publication. Long 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 stated. “It was devastating, and it still is. He still has moments where it’s not easy for him.”

The Boston Celtics didn’t instantly return a name for remark.

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

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Udoka was suspended for one yr for violations of group insurance policies. A number of publications, citing unnamed sources, had reported on the time that he was dealing with punishment for partaking in an improper relationship with a member of the group.

The information surrounding the suspension set social media ablaze, with many Twitter customers speculating about which feminine workers member of the Celtics might need been concerned within the scandal.

Throughout the press conference addressing Udoka’s suspension in September, Brad Stevens, the group’s normal supervisor, delivered an emotional speech providing his assist to the ladies within the Celtics group.

“We have a lot of talented women in our organization, and I thought yesterday was really hard on them,” he stated. “Nobody can control Twitter speculation and rampant bullshit, but I do think that we as an organization have a responsibility to make sure we’re there to support them now. A lot of people were dragged unfairly into that.”

Long — who’s reprising her function as Jordan within the anticipated Peacock collection based mostly on “The Best Man” movie franchise titled “The Best Man: The Final Chapters” — acquired a wave of on-line assist from her devoted followers after information of Udoka’s scandal broke.

The actor instructed THR that she was comforted by the assist over the scenario, which made her really feel like “my heart had jumped out of my body.”

“And then what I found was this tribe of women and men who were standing up for me in a way that felt like I was in this bubble of protection, and that was very comforting,” she stated.