Nia Long is still piping hot mad by the way the Boston Celtics organization handled the fallout of her fiancé Ime Udoka’s suspension and affair.
Udoka’s fiancee finally broke her silence on this cheating scandal this week and she had a lot of things to get off her chest. She called out the Celtics for making a “very private situation” available to the public.
“It was devastating, and it still is,” Long told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
While we understand she would want somebody to reach out to her, it is not the Celtics’ obligation to speak to a person who is not a member of the organization. The only person she should be made at is the one who disrespected her and the relationship they have together.
“I literally felt like my heart had jumped out of my body,” she added. “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.”
Long and Udoka, 45, share a son together. Long kept the status of her relationship with Udoka private, but confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she and her sons are moving back to Los Angeles from Boston.
When the Brooklyn Nets fired Steve Nash last month, the franchise already seemed to have its next head coach picked out in Ime Udoka. The suspended Celtics coach banished from the organization for a year after an affair with a team employee was reportedly set to be hired by Brooklyn as Nash’s replacement. Voices around the NBA reportedly pressured the Nets and owner Joe Tsai to go in another direction at head coach and that’s exactly what they did.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have not missed a beat as they are thriving despite the situation away from the court. They defeated Miami Wednesday, improving to 18-4.