Ime Udoka's affair outed after Celtics staffer's husband heard private conversation on doorbell camera

Udoka was suspended as head coach of the Boston Celtics for the entire upcoming 2022-23 season after the alleged affair was revealed

Ime Udoka's affair outed after Celtics staffer's husband heard private conversation on doorbell camera
Ime Udoka's partner Nia Long had just moved to Boston when the affair was revealed (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Ime Udoka's affair with a female Celtics staffer was discovered when the woman's husband found out through their home's doorbell camera. According to Kevin Frazier of ET Now, the affair was discovered by the husband of the woman involved after he heard their private conversation on their home's doorbell camera. Frazier wrote via Twitter on Saturday, September 24, "Multiple sources confirm, #Celtics female staffer’s affair w/ Celtics Coach #ImeUdoka was uncovered by her husband when he overheard a private conversation on a home doorbell camera.” 

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Udoka was suspended from his role as head coach of the Boston Celtics for the entire upcoming 2022-23 season after the alleged affair was revealed.

According to TMZ, the Celtics employee with whom the head coach had an affair was in charge of all his travel arrangements.​ Meanwhile, Udoka's partner Nia Long, who recently relocated to Boston to begin looking for a home for their family, was apparently taken by surprise by the affair and had no idea that Udoka had been unfaithful until lately.​ According to Complex, Udoka’s mistress was thoroughly involved in helping facilitate Long’s move to Boston. After hearing the news, according to PEOPLE, Long said on social media, "The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community during this difficult time means so much to me. 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." 

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Many people expressed sympathy for Udoka after he was suspended over the affair, saying that the sentence was excessively harsh. People believed that the punishment was excessive because the first reports that surfaced all claimed that the connection had been mutual. However, as more details have started to emerge, the situation seems much messier than anticipated, with Matt Barnes among those to withdraw his support for Udoka after learning the details. Barnes first argued in favor of the coach under fire, "I played in the league for a long time. Anyone in the league could tell you this is a very common situation."

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However, Barnes later removed the social media post after learning fresh details of the affair. He said, "Without knowing all the facts, I spoke on Ime Udoka's defense, and after finding out the facts after I spoke, I erased what I posted because this situation in Boston is deep, it's messy, it's 100 times uglier than any of us thought. Some things happened that I can't condone, I can't back, and it's not my place to tell you what happened. If it ends up coming out, it ends up coming out. But that was the reason why I erased my post last night, because after I posted it, I got a call from someone who had all the details, and s—t is deep."

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