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Nia Long shares cryptic video as Celtics partner Ime Udoka suspended for affair with employee

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“No shadow, no light, know shadow, know light,” read the actress’ post

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Longtime partner of Nia Long and Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. It has been alleged that the 45-year-old former player was involved in an “inappropriate intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of team staff” in violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.

The basketball team announced its suspension in a statement, saying, “The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violating team policy. A decision on his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension will take effect immediately.”

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Amidst this, on Wednesday evening, Sept. 21, the actress shared a video on her now-defunct Instagram Story that showed “sunshine hitting the trees in a lush forest,” according to reports. The social media post also included a message that read, “When you see people changing their whole lives and starting to walk a path of enlightenment, hugging trees, connecting with nature, loving yourself , embrace positivity, let that light shine, understand one thing: this light you see, understand one thing about this light: you had to go into the dark to get it.

The video, which appears to have been reshared by another account called Omology, added, “No shadow, no light, know shadow, know light.” Long and Udoka have reportedly been dating since 2010 before getting engaged in 2015. In 2011, they also had a son together named Kez Sunday Udoka. She previously said of her pregnancy: “I was supposed to go to Ghana to do a film and that’s when I found out I was pregnant. I had a doctor’s appointment to get my yellow fever shot and they said, ‘Miss Long, we can’t give you an injection.'”

After her pregnancy was confirmed, Long added, “I almost fainted. It was the best moment and the sweetest surprise ever.” Then in 2020, the ‘Big Momma’s House’ actress revealed that she and her partner are happily without getting married. She had told Essence, “Love is complicated, let’s just start with it. And then you start a marriage I’ve never married. And there’s a reason for that, because I don’t know that I have to say yes to prove to you that I love you. But also, what does marriage really mean [mean]… that you own me now and I own you? I don’t understand that part.”

“I understand the religious aspect of marriage. This is beautiful and it’s fantastic and it’s dreamy and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have this moment. But I don’t know if I need that to feel like I’m in a working relationship,” Long had claimed.

Meanwhile, Udoka has also reportedly issued a statement from his side, which read: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.”

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