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Twitter backs Nia Long over Ime Udoka relationship allegation

As information broke Wednesday night that Celtics coach Ime Udoka had allegedly engaged in an “improper intimate and consensual relationship” with a feminine employees member, many took to Twitter to air their ideas on the matter — with some drawing their consideration to the coach’s longtime companion, actress Nia Lengthy.

Lengthy, who has been linked to Udoka since 2010, supported the Celtics throughout their playoff run this previous spring, after they reached the NBA Finals. Some Twitter customers regarded to the six-game sequence versus the Warriors when weighing in on present occasions.

“The way you fumble a 2-1 lead AND Nia Lengthy in the identical 12 months…,” one fan remarked, referencing Boston’s temporary edge over Golden State earlier than the latter took the title.

Nia Lengthy attends the ESSENCE fifteenth Anniversary Black Ladies In Hollywood Awards in March 2022.
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Celtics coach Ime Udoka during the NBA Finals in June 2022.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka through the NBA Finals in June 2022.
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“Ime Udoka fumbled Nia Lengthy and the NBA Finals,” another fan posted. “I’ve by no means seen an L worse than this one.”

Udoka, who was named the top coach of the Celtics in June 2021, is claimed to be dealing with a attainable season-long suspension over the obvious romance, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Athletic’s Shams Charania also reported that the “improper intimate and consensual relationship” has been considered “a violation of franchise’s code of conduct.”

Additional, the 45-year-old coach is claimed to be mulling a possible resignation, sources told Sports Illustrated on Thursday.

Nia Long and Ime Udoka in Feb. 2017.
Nia Lengthy and Ime Udoka in Feb. 2017.
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Neither Udoka nor Lengthy, 51, have publicly addressed the state of affairs as of Thursday afternoon. Brandon Robinson of Bally Sports reported earlier within the day that the pair is “believed to have been separated previous to present points.”

Lengthy and Udoka acquired engaged in 2015 and have one youngster collectively.

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