A Boston Celtics worker who was having an affair with head coach Ime Udoka arranged all of his travel – even booking trips for Udoka’s fiancée Nia Long to visit him in town, sources say.
The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was given tremendous power when it came to choosing hotels and transportation for Udoka’s team-related travels, TMZ reported.
When Long came to Boston to visit or be with Udoka, the same woman was also responsible for booking her trip and even helping arrange her permanent move to Boston.
It is unclear if she used her position to book private time with Udoka to continue their affair.
Long had only been in town for a few weeks with her 10-year-old son, Ime, who she shared with Udoka.
The Boston Celtics employee, who had an affair with head coach Ime Udoka, was responsible for all of his travel arrangements, even including arranging trips for his fiancée Nia Long
Although the Celtics have not revealed the employee’s name, TMZ has been told that Long knows exactly who she is.
The team’s president, Brad Stevens, got emotional during a news conference on Friday and said the scandal had particularly upset other female employees who worked on the team, with rampant speculation about who might have had the affair. Earlier Saturday, Boston Celtics reporter Amanda Pflugrad slammed the relentless speculation on social media about the identity of the female employee who had an “inappropriate” relationship with coach Ime Udoka.
Udoka was handed a year’s ban by the team this week – as well as a “significant fine” after “multiple code of conduct breaches” – but a decision was made to keep the name of the woman involved private.
Many have claimed this has fueled unfair speculation online and implicated several innocent women in the rumours, and this point was echoed by Pflugrad – herself a Celtics employee.
Amanda Pflugrad (right) is a Celtics reporter who has been implicated in online rumors
Ime Udoka was banned for the season for being in a relationship with an unnamed collaborator
“As a woman of the Celtics organization it has been heartbreaking to watch these final few days,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“It’s disgusting to see the names of unrelated people, including mine, being thrown around in the media. This is a step backwards for women in sport who have worked hard to prove themselves in an industry where they deserve it.’
Alongside the post, she added, “It’s time to speak out on this matter and to my female colleagues, I see you and I’m always here #womeninsports.”
In recent days, fans have taken to social media to find out the woman’s identity, with various conspiracy theories being widely circulated.
This has unsurprisingly resulted in the reputation of various innocent parties being tarnished – including Pflugrad – and Stephen A. Smith is among those urging the team to share more information.
Boston Celtics reporter Amanda Pflugrad has slammed the “heartbreaking” and “disgusting” rumors floating around online
She is one of many female employees at the organization who have been implicated
“At this particular point in time … Ime Udoka is a non-rentable person,” he said on his ESPN First Take show. “But the non-rentable part, I would argue, is primarily because the story was leaked and we are now discussing it publicly.
“The woman who has chosen to have a consensual relationship with him does not offend him [of team policy]? He is mentioned and put on Front Street – we don’t know who she is.
“What about the other women in the Celtics organization who have been victims because of wrong assumptions being made? [about] your engagement? If you knew exactly who it was, it would allay the concerns of all the other women whose names were floating around on the streets. What’s up with them?’
The chaotic situation at the Celtics escalated on Friday when Udoka’s fiancée, actress Nia Long, said she was “caught by surprise” by the affair and found out she was dating his longtime boyfriend just days after returning to Boston .
Boston Celtics head coach Udoka pictured with his longtime fiancee, actress Nia Long
Nia Long has recently been seen on social media with the couple’s 10-year-old son left and right
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress has been with Udoka for over a decade and they have a 10-year-old son, but their family happiness was shattered this week.
It is believed that Long only discovered the infidelity when the Celtics announced their coach’s suspension.
“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,” Long said through her spokeswoman.
“I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events.
“I’m a mom first and will continue to focus on my kids,” she said.
According to The Athletic, some members of the Celtics found out about Udoka’s relationship in July and team leaders were initially tricked into believing the relationship was consensual.
Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck has been tough on his suspended head coach
American darling: Long shot to stardom in roles like Lisa Wilkes in The Fresh Prince.
However, sources told the publication that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her, prompting the team to launch internal interviews.
Long, meanwhile, became a household name with her role in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as Lisa Wilkes, Will Smith’s girlfriend.
She also starred in Boyz In The Hood, Soul Food, and Big Momma’s House.
The popular actress has also been recognized with three NAACP Image Awards and one Black Reel Award.
As news of the affair spread on social media this week, Long’s fans and famous friends jumped to her defense.
Many blamed Udoka for his indiscretion and questioned how he could have betrayed the actress – a well-loved star and one of the most beautiful actresses of her generation.
“I send Nia Long nothing but love.
“We will not allow a man who has not recognized the luxury of her presence to eclipse all her beauty and glory.
Stephen A. Smith was very upset with how the Celtics handled Udoka’s reported affair
Boston’s assistant Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim coach for the upcoming season
“Actually, we need a National Nia Long Day!” tweeted New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman.
“Nia Long has a 100 percent approval rating on Black America and Ime Udoka will understand that in a moment,” added film producer Van Lathan.
‘Cheating Nia Long? The end of days must come because there’s no way,” added producer Nina Parker.
Celtics team president Brad Stevens and Grousbeck addressed the media on Friday and strongly rebuked the now-suspended Udoka, noting that only he “faces a penalty or reprimand.”
According to Grousbeck, the organization’s players are “very concerned” about the situation.
“We believe our culture is very strong,” he added. “We are very proud of this. But that shook it. I don’t think there is a bigger problem than what we have been uncovering for several months.’
Smith was critical of Grousbeck’s handling of the situation and made it clear on First Take.
“I’m not going to rehash what was said but it was very, very alarming, highly one sided and as far as I’m concerned based on that press conference at the moment there is no reason in the world why I Udoka is still the head coach of the Boston Celtics, albeit suspended,” he said.
Joe Mazulla, a 34-year-old who served as Celtics assistant last year, will be the caretaker manager for the 2022-23 season.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11246913/Celtics-coach-Ime-Udoka-mistress-handled-travel-arrangements-booked-fiancee-Nia-Longs-trips.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Celtics coach Ime Udoka’s mistress made travel arrangements and booked travel for his fiancée Nia Long