Today just hasn’t been a good day for Boston Celtics head coach Ime Sunday Udoka or his girlfriend, actress Nia Long. It is being widely reported that Udoka has been suspended for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behaviors with one of the franchise’s employees. Now chaos has indeed erupted within the Nigerian-American’s life. However, social media is joining in on the backlash on Nia Long’s behalf.
Ime Sunday Udoka began his professional basketball career playing for teams in the NBA like the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, and Sacramento Kings. In December 2011, the Portland native was signed to play for the New Jersey Nets as their small forward. However, he was waived from the team in a few days. But Ime Sunday Udoka transitioned from NBA player to the coaching realm within a year. In 2012, he was hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, where he served for seven years. Udoka also led the team to win the Championship in 2014. Following his stint at the Spurs, Udoka was assistant coach to other teams in the organization, like the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.
Then in 2021, Ime Udoka was announced as the head coach for the Boston Celtics. Although the Celtics ultimately did not make it to the Championship, he’s credited for helping to lead the team to the Finals for the first time in 12 years.But things took a turn for bad on September 22, 2022. According to a report from ESPN, Ime Sunday Udoka will most likely not serve as the head coach for the Boston Celtics this upcoming season. Their sources claim that he was involved in a relationship with a female staffer and highlight that it was “consensual.”
However, their actions go against NBA guidelines. For this, Ime Udoka is on the verge of being suspended for the upcoming NBA season. It is slated to be officially announced, reports state. In addition, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated claims that he may possibly resign.
News of Ime Udoka’s alleged affair shocked many, primarily due to his relationship with actress Nia Long. The star of The Best Man has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses of our time. The two met in 2010 and have one son together, Kez Sunday Udoka. Then, in 2015, Udoka proposed to the actress, and the pair have been engaged ever since.
Once reports circulated about Ime Udoka, the jokes and criticism immediately flew on social media. Many on Twitter seem to feel that a suspension is not enough, as cheating on Nia Long is equivalent to committing a crime.
One fan wrote, “Ime Udoka cheated on Nia Long with a Celtics employee???? Nah, how are you fumbling Nia Long and an NBA coaching job simultaneously?” Another tweeted, “Good morning to everyone except Ime Udoka, who cheated on Queen Nia Long with a damn staffer! May his Celtics suspension be one of deep reflection and self-regret. Talk about fumbling a ball.”
One fan hilariously noted Nia Long’s appearance in the Kanye West music video for “Touch The Sky” alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, where they engaged in a breakup argument. Check it out here.