Nia Long Releases Statement After Celtics Coach Ime Udoka’s Suspension

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Udoka’s suspension came in wake of a report about his involvement in an “improper” consensual relationship with a female member of the team’s staff.

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Actress Nia Long, the longtime partner of Udoka, emailed a statement to the Boston Globe on Friday, 

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asking for privacy while acknowledging the outpouring of support.

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“The outpouring love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long said.

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“I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children,” Long added.

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Long and Udoka first met in early 2010 

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and have a son together, who was born in ’11. The couple has been engaged since ’15.

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