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Nia Long will ‘focus on my kids’ after Ime Udoka affair

Nia Long will ‘focus on my kids’ after Ime Udoka affair
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Actor Nia Long appreciates the concern people have shown after news broke that her fiancé, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, was having an inappropriate relationship with a female team member.

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long said in a statement to Boston.com. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process recent events. Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.”

Long and Udoka have been dating since 2010 and share a 10-year-old son. The two have been engaged since 2015 but had no plans to get married, and Long once told Essence.com that “marriage is not a priority.”

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On Thursday night, the Celtics announced that Udoka would be banned for the entire 2022-23 NBA season after an independent investigation found the coach’s relationship with a staffer a violation of multi-team policies.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for disappointing,” Udoka said in a statement to ESPN. “I am sorry to have put the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.”

In a news conference Friday, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens did not elaborate on what the investigation found or what specific team policies Udoka violated.

While much of the coverage of Udoka’s plight has focused on the ramifications of the sport, Long’s fans expressed their feelings about the affair on social media, with many pointing out how much loved Long is in the black community.

Long made her first big impression as Brandi in John Singleton’s 1991 film, “Boyz N the Hood.” She guest-starred on ‘Living Single’ in 1993 and had a recurring role on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ a year later. Long co-starred with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in F. Gary Gray’s “Friday” in 1995.

Podcaster and Oscar-winning producer Van Lathan Jr. tweeted“Nia Long has a 100% approval rating with Black America and Ime Udoka is on the cusp of getting that.”

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) shared a post of support for the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor.

“Sending nothing but love to Nia Long. We will not allow a man, who did not recognize the luxury of her presence, to obscure all her beauty and glory,” he wrote. “Actually, we need a national holiday Nia Long!”

User @queenveej wrote, “The sad thing is Nia Long isn’t even in trouble and now this guy has gotten her name all over the place while just trying to film the last best man in peace.”

Below are a few more tweets in support of Long.

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