“It’s All About Unconditional Love, And That’s What She’s Giving Him”: Nia Long Is Reportedly Standing By Her Man

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Ime Udoka’s cheating scandal has opened conversations about relationship fidelity, workplace conduct, and professionalism. However, the overriding narrative that has surrounded the issue is how Udoka could cheat on his fiancèe, Nia Long. The accomplished actress moved from Los Angeles to Boston for their relationship, and with the absence of either Udoka or Long making a statement, it is unclear where they stand as a couple.

Now another party within Nia Long’s family circle, the father of one of her children, Massai Z. Dorsey, has added some context to Nia Long’s current state of mind. Massai and Nia share a 21-year-old son, Massai Dorsey II, whom they co-parent.

“We talk as a family, and it’s all about unconditional love, and that’s what she’s giving him,” Dorsey said to the Daily Mail, “We’re sticking by him 100 percent. All I could say is good things about Ime. He’s a good man. All these years. I’m happy he’s in my son’s life. Ime made a mistake. Every man needs another chance. Like the Bible says, the flesh is weak. He’s not a bad guy. Hopefully, he’s learned from this.”

Dorsey brought the reality of the “Me Too” movement to high-profile figures and saw an intersection.

“It’s easy to get to the top, but to stay at the top it takes a different type of person,” Dorsey continued. “Right now in this season, you have to be very sensitive with women, unfortunately, because they hold the cards right now.”

Udoka and Long have been together since 2010 and were engaged in 2015. Long and Udoka share their 10-year-old son Kez.

Although Celtics assistant head coach Joe Mazzulla is the reported next up to fill in for Udoka during his suspension, a formal announcement from the NBA on Udoka’s length of suspension is expected in a matter of days.

Dorsey’s comments come on the heels of comedian Marlon Wayans’ feelings on the situation. The famous Wayans entertainment family member said he had known the couple for years, weighed in on the incident, and encouraged Long to give Udoka a second chance.

“If that man is 90% of everything that you need and want and he’s missing 10%, and you throw that man away, that’s your fault,” Wayans said during a recent appearance on the “Leah’s Lemonade” podcast. “In order to find [a forever love], you’re going to have to live in a way that it bends and it doesn’t break. That’s your best friend. And I would say to Nia Long — if [Udoka’s] all of those things — never mind the embarrassment. Never mind all that.

“I would say it to my daughter. I would say it to my sister. Are you happy? Before this moment, were you happy? Right — so work on your relationship. He’s a good man. … He provides, he’s there for you, you seem so happy when y’all are together. I like him, the family likes him, he has all these great qualities,” Wayans said of the qualities a good man might have. “But because he slept with another woman — she probably thinks the same things [about him] that you’re thinking. He’s a dope dude. Why would you throw a dope dude away for her to have him?”

As Ime Udoka’s future as an NBA head coach hangs in the balance, Nia Long apparently standing by his side can only help him during this most challenging time in the spotlight.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.