Nia Long Udoka Scandal ‘Was Devastating’ … Blasts Celtics Org, Too

12/1/2022 11:01 AM PT

Nia Long is finally breaking her silence on the cheating scandal involving her fiancé, suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka — saying she was devastated when the news broke two months ago … and still is.

As we previously reported, Udoka — hired as the Celtics HC last year — was shelved for the entire 2022-23 season in September … after having an inappropriate relationship with a female staff, violating team policy.

Long — who got engaged to Udoka in 2015 and has an 11-year-old son with the coach — hasn’t spoken publicly about the scandal until recently doing an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I think the most heartbreaking thing about all of this was seeing my son’s face,” the actress said, “when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public.”

“It was devastating, and it still is.”

The “Friday” actress — who did not discuss her relationship status with Udoka — also called out the Celtics for not reaching out when they revealed the personal details of the scandal.

“If you’re in the business of protecting women — I’m sorry, no one from the Celtics organization has even called to see if I’m OK, to see if my children are OK. It’s very disappointing.”

In spite of that, Long said she had “a tribe of women and men” instead … protecting and comforting her through this difficult time.

Plus, Long is looking forward to directing her first film … and it’s a love story.

“I have to commit myself to that because I think sometimes when so much is happening, it takes your breath away and then it’s like you’re holding your breath, and you feel this angst and this panic of constantly being in fight-or-flight survival mode,” Long said.

“I think mothers, Black women, we understand that more than anyone.”