The 24 hours were difficult for Nia Long. After the actor learned that his fiancé, Ime Udoka, was suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics for the 2022-23 season, she also learned why: Udoka allegedly had an affair with a staff member . On Friday, Long was ready to speak.
“The outpouring of love and support from my family, friends and community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long told E! News in a release. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I deal with recent events. First and foremost, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.
“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka told ESPN reporter Malika Andrews in a statement.. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult position and I accept the team’s decision.”
Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as head coach, certainly has his supporters. But Long has amassed a legion of loyal fans for generations. From classic comedies like “Friday” to admirable charity work, she’s widely appreciated, including on Twitter.
“I send nothing but love to Nia Long” Representative Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) tweeted Friday. “We don’t let a man, who didn’t recognize the luxury that was his presence, obscure all of his beauty and glory. In fact, we need a National Nia Long Day!
The outpouring of Bowman’s tweet drew some mockery, but lawmakers weren’t the only one to voice their support for the darling actor:
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