Ime Udoka is in a lot of trouble. As social media rips him to shreds about cheating on Boyz In the Hood star Nia Long, rumors have run rampant regarding why he has been suspended from his head coaching job for the Boston Celtics. In his first year, the former professional ball player led the team to their first championship in 12 years, making him part of a very small list of coaches in the league to achieve such a feat. But now, he'll be benched. More information about the woman Udoka was seeing is being leaked.
Sources connected to the couple and the NBA franchise tell TMZ that the coach had a consensual affair with another front-house staffer, one who reportedly was responsible for booking the team-related travel. Reports allege that the woman in question booked travel for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum for games, and even assisted Long with her move to Boston just two weeks ago. Long is said to have discovered the affair right before news was made public. Udoka's mistress is also said to be married, with Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier stating via Twitter sources told him the woman's husband learned of the affair through doorbell video footage of a private phone call between his wife and Udoka. Even after the affair was uncovered, the woman continued to work with Long to facilitate her move to Boston.
Long and Udoka have been together publically since 2010. While they are engaged, she previously admitted that marriage is not a priority. "Love is complicated, let's just start there," she told ESSENCE. "And then you start a marriage, which I've never been married. And there's a reason for that because I don't know that I need to say 'I do' to prove to you that I love you. But also, what does marriage really [mean]… that you own me now and I own you? I don't get that part. I understand the religious aspect of marriage. That is beautiful and it's fantastical and it's dreamy and it's every girl's fantasy to have that moment. But I don't know that I need that to feel like I'm in a partnership that's working," she added in the ESSENCE interview.
It gets worse. TMZ reports The Best Man alum hasn't been in Boston long. Per reports, Long learned that Udoka informed his woman a little over two weeks ago about their son, Kez. He is said to be just 10-years-old.
Brad Stevens became emotional during a news conference recently. He the scandal had been upsetting the female employees because of the affair with Udoka.