A surprising exit. Ime Udoka, the pinnacle coach of the Boston Celtics, has been suspended from the NBA after information broke that he had an alleged affair with one other member of the group.
“The Boston Celtics introduced at this time that the staff has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of staff insurance policies,” an official press launch for the Boston Celtics learn on Thursday, September 22, per USA Today, noting that “A call about his future with the Celtics past this season shall be made at a later date” and that “the suspension takes impact instantly.”
Udoka, for his half, launched an announcement of his personal following the information. “I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, all the Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” he stated. “I’m sorry for placing the staff on this tough state of affairs, and I settle for the staff’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.”
The previous assistant coach of the Brooklyn Nets — who has been in a relationship with fiancée Nia Lengthy since 2010 — purportedly had an “intimate and consensual relationship with a feminine member” of the NBA, in response to an Athletic report printed on Thursday, September 22. The alleged affair shouldn’t be solely seen as “improper” by the franchise, however is a violation of its code of conduct.
Information of Udoka’s suspension comes lower than at some point after ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski claimed that the Celtics coach may very well be suspended for the whole lot of the 2022- 2023 season.
The previous San Antonio Spurs participant received engaged to Lengthy, 51, in 2015 — 4 years after they welcomed 10-year-old son Kez in 2011. Udoka has additionally been a stepfather determine to the Recent Prince of Bel-Air alum’s 21-year-old son Massai, whom she shares with ex Massai Z. Dorsey.
Lengthy, for her half, took to her Instagram Story hours later to share a video with a cryptic message.
“Once you see individuals change their entire life, and begin strolling down a path of enlightenment — I’m speaking about hugging timber, connecting with nature, loving themselves, embracing positivity, letting that mild shine,” learn the caption of the clip, which depicted a peaceable scene in nature.
In Might, 4 months earlier than the information about Udoka’s alleged tryst broke, Lengthy publicly praised her associate after he led his staff to the playoffs.
“Speechless … persistence and goal,” she wrote through Instagram on the time, including, “#imeudoka #blessedandgrateful.”
Earlier this month, the Finest Man star shared a candy photograph of her and Udoka’s son headed off to his first day of fifth grade.
“There he’s…my yummy child boy! 🥰,” Lengthy captioned the Instagram add, which featured Kez grinning whereas holding up a home made signal about the new school year.
Although the athlete proposed to the New York native in 2015, Lengthy revealed on Essence’s “Sure, Lady!” Podcast in 2020 that she’s not in any rush to stroll down the aisle — and received candid about her causes for ready.
“Love is sophisticated, let’s simply begin there,” she stated on the time. “And you then begin a wedding, which I’ve by no means been married. And there’s a motive for that, as a result of I don’t know that I have to say, ‘I do’ to show to you that I like you. … I don’t know that I would like that to really feel like I’m in a partnership that’s working.”