Nia Lengthy breaks silence relating to Ime Udoka suspension, scandal

Nia Lengthy publicly addressed the scandal involving her fiancé Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics for the primary time.

Lengthy mentioned the problem throughout an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The Celtics suspended Udoka, the group’s head coach since 2021, for the whole 2022–2023 season for participating in an improper relationship with a feminine member of the group.

The actress said that her first concern when the information broke was for her and Udoka’s son, Kez. “I went dwelling to be with my son, and that was what was most essential to me as a result of he was not having a straightforward time,” Lengthy stated.

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Nia Lengthy and Ime Udoka attend BET Presents the American Black Movie Pageant Honors on Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. (Picture by Frazer Harrison/Getty Photographs )

The Celtics introduced the suspension on Sept. 23, simply months after Udoka led the group to an Japanese Convention championship and berth within the NBA Finals. Lengthy stated she took her son out of faculty after phrase acquired out, and criticized the Celtics for the way in which the group dealt with every little thing.

“I feel essentially the most heartbreaking factor about all of this was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics group determined to make a really non-public scenario public,” Lengthy continued. “It was devastating, and it nonetheless is. He nonetheless has moments the place it’s not straightforward for him. For those who’re within the enterprise of defending ladies — I’m sorry, nobody from the Celtics group has even referred to as to see if I’m OK, to see if my youngsters are OK. It’s very disappointing.”

Lengthy and Udoka started relationship in 2009 and acquired engaged in 2015. Whereas she didn’t disclose the present standing of her relationship with Udoka, she acknowledged how the media’s response to the scandal affected her and the assist she acquired from the general public.

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“I actually felt like my coronary heart had jumped out of my physique,” she recollects of the media blitz. “After which what I discovered was this tribe of ladies and men who had been standing up for me in a manner that felt like I used to be on this bubble of safety, and that was very comforting.”

Lengthy is at the moment starring within the new restricted collection, “The Greatest Man: The Closing Chapters.” She is reprising her position from the earlier two “Greatest Man” characteristic movies together with the movies’ co-stars together with Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Corridor and Morris Chestnut. The collection premieres on Peacock on Dec. 22.

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