The Boston Celtics will reportedly suspend head coach Ime Udoka for as much as the entire season after his role in a consensual sexual relationship with a female staffer. The suspension could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.
Celtics assistant Joe Mezulla, who was a finalist for the Utah Jazz head coaching opening, is the favorite to replace Udoka on an interim basis. Udoka’s woes aren’t entirely professional, either. Udoka is currently engaged to be married to American actress Nia Long.
Long took to Instagram on Thursday during the fallout from the scandal, and it does not appear as if Udoka was allowed to seek the comfort of another woman outside their relationship.
“When you see people change their whole life and start walking down a path of enlightenment, hugging trees, connecting with nature, loving themselves and embracing positivity, letting that lite shine,” the cryptic video says. “Understand one thing about that light: They had to go into [the] darkness to get it.”
She then added a quote from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung as the caption.
“There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection. To round itself out, life calls not for perfection but for completeness; and for this the ‘thorn in the flesh’ is needed, the suffering of defects without which there is no progress and no ascent.”
Only time will tell what this means for Long’s and Udoka’s planned marriage.