Nia Long believes her problems with her ex-fiancé Ime Udoka are signs of a new beginning!
Days after the disgraced NBA coach denied the TV personality’s request for sole custody of her son Kez, the “Friday” star apparently addressed the former athlete’s actions.
The caramel-colored beauty’s cryptic message came a year after the Houston Rockets’ head coach was fired by the Boston Celtics over his cheating scandal.
Nia Long remains positive in her custody war against Ime Udoka
In her latest Instagram Update, the “Boyz n the Hood” actress appeared to reflect on her ongoing custody battle with her ex-fiancé. Although the 52-year-old didn’t mention her former boyfriend, her words hinted at the duo’s difficult breakup.
“Sometimes the universe tests you the most when you’re on the verge of a new chapter,” the TV personality wrote in her September 15 post. Her motivational message came as Udoka hit back at her lawsuit and sought joint custody of the former couple’s son, Kez.
In his filing in Los Angeles district court, the NBA coach asked a judge to grant the duo equal rights regarding their child’s welfare. This meant the 46-year-old had authority over important decisions about his son, from medical treatment to schooling to religion.
If the judge grants his request, Long’s request for full custody would be dismissed and Udoka would share 50% of the time with her son. Additionally, the Houston Rockets head coach wanted the ex-lovers to cover her legal fees, while the mother of two planned to have him pay her bills.
Although he fought for joint custody, the former basketball player’s legal documents showed he opted for “visitation rights” with his son. This means that Udoka is willing to let Kez live with Long, provided he spends time with the boy on his days off or during summer vacation.
The trainer’s legal request came weeks after the Big Momma’s House actress unexpectedly filed for sole custody of her son. The 52-year-old requested sole physical and legal rights to Kez, but agreed to allow Udoka visitation opportunities.
Long enlisted the services of Samantha Spector, a prominent attorney, to advance her petition to “establish a parental relationship” since the couple were not married. The New Yorker’s fight for sole custody of her son may stem from the alleged difficulties the boy faced due to the cheating scandal.
According to the three-time NAACP Image Award winner, Kez was devastated by his father’s infidelity. “He still has moments when it’s not easy for him,” the mother of two once admitted, recalling how she picked him up from school the day Udoka’s affair went viral.
“I think the most heartbreaking thing about the whole thing was seeing my son’s face when the Boston Celtics organization decided to make a very private situation public,” Long lamented, criticizing the popular NBA team.
The drama began after the Boston Celtics made a statement about firing Udoka from his position as head coach of their team. He was fired for breaching the organization’s code of conduct by having an “intimate and conceptual relationship” with a female Celtic employee.
Following his former team’s message, Udoka confirmed his immoral actions by replying: “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 make no further comment.”
The BET Comedy Award winner claimed she would not seek revenge on her ex-fiancé
Months before Long’s cryptic message about new beginnings, the 52-year-old apparently discussed her breakup with Udoka on her Instagram page. In May, the “Boston Legal” actress opened up about revenge after her former friend got a new job.
The TV personality’s quote was: “The best revenge is no revenge.” Moving on. Be happy.” Her words showed that the entertainer was focused on peace rather than taking revenge on the man who hurt her.
Long’s message was well received by her followers and friends, including talk show host Robinson Peete, who commented, “Yes sis! Revenge perpetuates toxicity.” Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Tanya Sam echoed similar sentiments, writing, “Amen. Bitter or better.”
As previously mentioned, the caramel-colored beauty’s post came after the announcement of Udoka’s new position as coach of the Houston Rockets. The NBA team brought him in after rumors swirled that the Nets had backed away from hiring the coach because of his cheating scandal.