Nia Longhis fiancée, Ime UdokaReportedly faces a year-long ban from the NBA for “inappropriate” conduct with a member of the Boston Celtics team staff.
The Celtics head coach, 45, reportedly had an “intimate and consensual relationship with a female member” of the organization, according to a Sept. 22 report. report from the athletic‘s Shams Charania. The alleged relationship is allegedly a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct and therefore Udoka faces disciplinary action.
ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka could be banned for the entire 2022-23 NBA season, adding that the Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to be the interim coach of the team in his place.
Udoka was hired as head coach in June 2021 after working as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. The Sacramento Kings player led the Celtics to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, but the team lost the championship to the Golden State Warriors.
The former basketball player and the NCIS: Los Angeles alum, 51, has been in a relationship since 2010. The duo got engaged in 2015, but Long has said she’s not a big fan of the marriage.
“Love is complicated, let’s start with that”, de Fatal Affair star said during an interview in December 2020 Essence‘Yes, girl!’ podcast. ‘And then you start a marriage I’ve never been married to. And there’s a reason for that, because I don’t know that I have to say ‘I do’ to prove to you that I love you.”
The New York City resident added that she understands why other couples choose to tie the knot, but it’s not something that matters to her. “I understand the religious aspect of marriage,” she explained. “That’s beautiful and it’s fantastic and it’s dreamy and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have that moment. But I don’t know if I need that to feel like I’m in a partnership that works.”
Long and Udoka welcomed son Kez (10) in 2011 Fresh Prince Of Bel Air alum also shares son Massai, 21, with ex Massai Z Dorsey.
The Looking both ways actress gushed about her fiancé in May after leading the Celtics to the playoffs. “Speechless… patience and purpose,” she wrote via Instagram alongside an image of Udoka making the final in his first year as head coach. “#imeudoka #blessedandthankful.”
Neither Long nor Udoka have publicly responded to reports of his possible suspension. Us Weekly has asked for comment.