Nia Long Speaks Out amid Fiancé Ime Udoka's Alleged Affair, Suspension from Celtics

The Fatal Affair actress issued a statement exclusively to PEOPLE after her fiancé, Ime Udoka, was suspended from his role as head coach of the Boston Celtics following an alleged affair with a female staff member.

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

Long, 51, and Udoka, 45, have been engaged since 2015. They welcomed a son together — Kez Sunday Udoka — in 2011.

On Thursday, the Boston Celtics issued a statement on Udoka's immediate suspension from the team. At the time

they said Udoka had violated "team policies," and noted his future with the team will be evaluated.

Shortly before the Celtics statement went live, ESPN reported that Udoka had a "role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise's staff."

"I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down," he said. "I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team's decision."