The love for Nia Lengthy is flowing sturdy on social media as her longtime companion, Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka, finds himself embroiled in controversy.
Lengthy and Udoka share a 10-year-old son and have been engaged since 2015.
Consequently, a lot of Lengthy’s supporters expressed upset after experiences surfaced that the previous skilled basketball participant was going through suspension for having an alleged consensual relationship with a member of the Celtics employees.
“Dishonest on Nia Lengthy? Finish of days needs to be upon us. As a result of ain’t NO WAY,” tweeted Nina Parker, an Emmy-nominated TV host and designer.
On Friday Lengthy responded to the outpouring with a press release offered to CNN by her rep.
“The outpouring love and help from household, pals and the group throughout this troublesome time means a lot to me,” she mentioned within the assertion. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the current occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to deal with my youngsters.”
She is beloved, particularly by the Black group, as she has starred in such basic movies as “Love Jones” and “Boyz N The Hood.”
The Celtics suspended Udoka for your complete 2022 to 2023 season on Thursday.
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, your complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” Udoka mentioned in a press release to ESPN. “I’m sorry for placing the group on this troublesome state of affairs, and I settle for the group’s resolution. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.”
Lengthy has not spoken publicly in regards to the matter, however on Wednesday she shared a repost of a well being and wellness video on Instagram that referenced discovering gentle within the darkness and embracing positivity.
Final 12 months, she spoke to Popculture.com about Udoka nabbing the pinnacle teaching job after being an assistant for 9 years.
“He is one of the vital disciplined folks I do know. He is labored actually arduous for this and now he is obtained to only get to work together with his gamers and do what he does finest,” she mentioned on the time. “So, it is an thrilling time for our household to have the ability to sit within the stands.”