Who is Kathleen Lynch? Meet the married Mormon mother-of-3 at center of Ime Udoka, Nia Long cheating scandal
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Ime Udoka was suspended from the position of Head coach of the Boston Celtics due to the violation of team policies on Thursday, September 23, 2022. According to ESPN the reason behind the suspension was the use of crude language in his dialogue with a woman subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman.
Meanwhile, news has surfaced across various platforms, the former head coach was in an alleged affair with a team service manager Kathleen Nimmo Lynch and has been cheating on his fiance Nia Long. Though the Celtics have not identified the woman Udoka was involved with, Lynch's name had been leaked online, reports DailyMail.
Lynch, the team service manager is mostly responsible for arranging travel, lodging, and game tickets for Celtics family members. The publication has also claimed that the relationship was short-lived and consensual. The 34-year-old team service manager who was born and brought up in a Mormon family seems to have long-lasting ties with Danny Ainge, who was the team's executive director of basketball operations and is currently associated with Utah Jazz. He helped her to land this job.
Earlier this year, the team had initiated an investigation against the relationship between Lynch and Udoka. Though Danny came to know about this move by the team he did not intervene in the investigation or the team's decision to suspend the coach, claims DailyMail. Meanwhile, one of the sources told the publication, "The relationship to the Ainge family or where she went to school or her religious affiliation had nothing to do with the severity of the punishment.The good thing is that everyone regrets what happened and is taking responsibility, and humbled, and trying to fight for their families and lives back."
Danny shared a great relationship with Lynch and her family. Lynch worked under Danny for years. She is a mother of three and graduated in 2001 from Brigham Young University. The source also disclosed, "I know the whole story front and back,' the source said. 'It's as basic as can get. All the acts were 100 percent consensual." Taylor Ainge, daughter of Danny and a close friend of Lynch spoke to Daily Mail and stated, "These are human beings involved that have families and are dealing with a lot of consequences themselves, and they don't need people and Twitter and the news media making it worse."
Further, she said, "There's a reason that people aren't discussing this. It's been investigated and it's over. The Celtics are doing what they have to do. Ultimately when you run a corporation and you have rules, your hands are tied. It is what it is. I know everyone wants a saucy story, but it's really just a series of unfortunate events." Meanwhile, another source claimed about Lynch, "She can't even go to a grocery store."
Meanwhile, On September 23 after Udoka was suspended, Nia made her statement through a spokesperson, "The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me." Further, the spokesperson said, "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." Udoka also issued a statement regarding his suspension stating, "I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down, I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team's decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment."