Nia Long's Fiancé Ime Udoka Speaks Out After Being Suspended as Boston Celtics Coach

Nia Long's fiancé Ime Udoka apologized to players after he was suspended as coach of the Boston Celtics due to "violations of team policies," according to a statement from the team.

The professional basketball coach, who has been engaged to actress Nia Long since 2015, was suspended from his role as Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, the team announced on Sept. 22. 

Nia Long's Fiancé Ime Udoka Speaks Out After Being Udoka was suspended for the 2022-2023 season, effective immediately, due to "violations of team policies," the Celtics' statement read. It added, "A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date."  as Boston Celtics Coach

"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."

His message concluded, "Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment." 

Udoka and Long, who reportedly met in 2010, share son Kez Sunday Udoka, 10. She's also mom to an adult son Massai Dorsey II from a previous relationship.

The actress—who appeared in Empire, The Best Man and Dear White People—hasn't publicly spoken about the suspension