Nia Long is seeking sole custody of her 11-year-old son with ex-fiancé Ime Udoka, nearly a year after the coach’s affair with a work colleague became public, according to court documents obtained by The Times.
The “Friday” and “You People” actor claimed that the NBA coach failed to support her child and demanded that he pay legal and attorney’s fees, according to the petition, filed on March 17 Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court Aug. 14
Attorneys Samantha Spector and Lisa Helfend Meyer filed the petition on Long’s behalf. Spector previously introduced Ye during his divorce proceedings with Kim Kardashian before dropping the case sometime in 2022, as well as Nicole Young, who won one 100 million dollars Divorce settlement after Young’s divorce with Dr. dr Meyer also represented Young, as well as former Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has been accused of domestic violence. Spector and Meyer did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment.
Long split from Udoka after the coach and former NBA player was caught having an affair with a co-worker. The “inappropriate relationship” was made public in September 2022 after a months-long investigation by the Boston Celtics, of which Udoka was head coach at the time.
Long and Udoka had ended their relationship after nearly 13 years of dating. The couple began dating in 2010 and have been engaged since 2015. Their child, Kez Sunday Long Udoka, was born in 2011.
The team suspended Udoka for the entire season and later fired him last February. A few months later, he was hired as the head coach of the Houston Rockets and signed a four-year contract $28.5 millionaccording to Chron.com.
By the time word of the affair broke, Long had done it told the Hollywood Reporter that it was “heartbreaking” to see her “son’s face as the Boston Celtics organization decided to go public with a very private situation.”
“It was devastating and still is,” she said in December. “He still has moments when it’s not easy for him. If you are committed to protecting women – I’m sorry no one from the Celtics organization even called to ask if I was okay, to see if my kids were okay. It’s very disappointing.”
Udoka has since undergone leadership and sensitivity training, in addition to consulting with his son “to help him improve the situation I put him in,” the coach said during a press conference in April at which the Rockets introduced him in his new role.
“When you have that downtime and you really know exactly how many people you’re affecting with a bad decision, that’s when you start taking ownership and responsibility,” Udoka said. “That’s what I preach to the players and that’s why I have to take responsibility for my part in it.”
Long said her focus after the split is on her family and being a mother to her children. Along with Kez, Long is mother to Maasai Zhivago Dorsey II, 22, her son with ex-fiancé and fellow actor Maasai Z. Dorsey.
“Right now I’m just concentrating on my youngest son because he’s having a really tough time,” Long said the cut in February. “I’m sure I’m repressing some things, but I have to do that to take care of him first… I’m sure I’ll have to come back to myself several times to put things right. But the only thing I try not to harbor is anger.”