It’s been a tough 24 hours for Nia Lengthy. After the actor discovered her fiancé, Ime Udoka, was being suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics for the 2022-2023 season, she additionally discovered why: Udoka reportedly carried on an affair with a staffer. On Friday, Lengthy was prepared to talk out.
“The outpouring of affection and help from my household, associates and the neighborhood throughout this tough time means a lot to me,” Lengthy instructed E! Information in an announcement. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the current occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to deal with my kids.”
“I need to apologize to our gamers, followers, all the Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” Udoka told ESPN reporter Malika Andrews in a statement. “I’m sorry for placing the crew on this tough place, and I settle for the crew’s choice.”
Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals throughout his first season as head coach, actually has his supporters. However Lengthy has amassed a legion of loyal followers for generations. From traditional comedies like “Friday” to admirable charity work, she’s extensively beloved — together with on Twitter.
“Sending nothing however like to Nia Lengthy,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) tweeted Friday. “We’re not letting a person, who didn’t acknowledge the luxurious her presence was, dim all her magnificence and glory. Matter of truth, we’d like a Nia Lengthy nationwide vacation!”
The effusiveness of Bowman’s tweet drew some mockery, however the lawmaker wasn’t alone in expressing help for the cherished actor: