It’s been a rough 24 hours for Nia Long. After the actor learned that his fiance, Ime Udoka, was being suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics for the 2022-2023 season, he also learned why: Udoka reportedly had an affair with a employee On Friday, Long was ready to talk.
“The outpouring of love and support from my family, friends and community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long told E! News in a press release. “I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.”
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down.” Udoka told ESPN reporter Malika Andrews in a statement. “I regret putting the team in this difficult position and I accept the team’s decision.”
Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as a head coach, certainly has his fans. But Long has amassed a legion of loyal fans spanning generations. From comedy classics like “Friday” to admirable charity work, she’s well-loved, including on Twitter.
“Sending nothing but love to Nia Long,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) he tweeted on Friday. “Let us not let a man, who did not recognize the luxury that was his presence, obscure all his beauty and glory. We actually need a national Nia Long holiday!”
The effusiveness of Bowman’s tweet drew some mockery, but the lawmaker wasn’t the only one to express his support for the beloved actor: