Nia Long Files for Primary Custody of Son She Shares with Ime Udoka, Who Has Retaliated in Separate Legal Filing

by Xara Aziz
Left: Instagram @nialong/Right: YouTube via ESPN
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Following a move Nia Long made asking for primary custody of her 11-year-son she shares with former Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, the latter has come out to repudiate the request.

According to documents obtained by Radar Online, Long has petitioned for legal and physical custody of their son, Kez Sunday Udoka. She requested for custody because he has “failed to support their child,” the court documents read.

Udoka has since responded to the filing, ordering that he receive joint physical and legal custody, according to a filing received through the Los Angeles Superior Court. Udoka is also demanding visiting rights in addition to an altered custody agreement.

Long initially filed a “Petition to Determine Parental Relationship,” asking that Udoka cover all her legal fees as a result of a scandal that rocked both the entertainment and sports world when it was revealed that he was having an affair with a female co-worker.

Udoka should be restricted to having “reasonable visitation…consistent with the child’s best interest” while she maintains primary custody of their son, the filing reads, which adds that he should pay all legal fees. Udoka has hit back, requesting that each party pay their own legal fees.

In May, Shine My Crown reported that the Love Jones actress took to Instagram to say she is not focusing on revenge.

In 2022, Udoka was suspended from the Boston Celtics for violating team policies after it was revealed that he was engaged in an affair with a female team staff member while engaged to Long.

“The best revenge is no revenge, Move on. Be happy,” Long posted on Instagram after the announcement was made.

She also thanked Stephen A. Smith for defending her in a video posted online.

“Even if they’re not together, that is the father of her child,” Smith began. “If you mention him and another woman, inevitably, she’s going to come up. How come nobody thought about the sister? How come they just left her out there standing on her own? I will always defend her. I will always defend her on this issue. How could you do that?

He continued: “You didn’t have to do it that way. But to have a press conference and put this business tacitly or otherwise on Front Street, you didn’t think about Nia Long at all. But you thought about the other woman, who purportedly was white. And the one woman in this equation who was innocent and victimized was not the woman that Ime Udoka was messing around with. It was Nia Long. She was the one screwed over!”

“Thank you @stephenasmith for your support. TBC…” Long wrote in the comments, adding that “the most disrespected person in America is the black woman’ – Malcolm X.”

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