Finally, the staff member Ime Udoka cheated on Nia Long has been revealed. According to the Daily Mail, she’s a married mother of three and a staunch Mormon “who landed her team service manager job with Boston Celtics through friendship with legendary former chief Danny Ainge.”
The Boston Celtics employee whose affair with head coach Ime Udoka led to his suspension can finally be revealed.
The female employee is team service manager Kathleen Nimmo Lynch, 34, a married mother-of-three, DailyMail.com can disclose. The Celtics have not identified the woman Udoka was involved with, but Lynch’s name had been leaked online.
She served as a team liaison arranging travel, lodging and game tickets for Celtics family members at home and on the road, and is likely to have arranged travel for Udoka’s fiancée, actress Nia Long.
A source familiar with the investigation told DailyMail.com that the affair was consensual, short lived, and had ended by the time investigators got involved.
Lynch has longstanding personal ties with the team’s legendary former player Danny Ainge, who was the team’s executive director of basketball operations before leaving the franchise last year.
Ainge, 63, a fellow devout Mormon, helped her land her job.
A source familiar with the investigation told DailyMail.com that Ainge learned early in the summer that the Celtics had initiated an investigation into Udoka’s relationship with Lynch, but he did not intervene in the investigation or decision to suspend the coach.
The source added, however, that Ainge was deeply disappointed by the affair, especially given the fact they have families.
Ainge’s daughter, Taylor, a close friend of Lynch, wouldn’t discuss specifics when contacted by DailyMail.com, but urged the media to respect the privacy of the parties involved.
‘These are human beings involved that have families and are dealing with a lot of consequences themselves, and they don’t need people and Twitter and the news media making it worse,’ she said. ‘There’s a reason that people aren’t discussing this. It’s been investigated and it’s over. The Celtics are doing what they have to do.
‘Ultimately when you run a corporation and you have rules, your hands are tied,’ she continued. ‘It is what it is. I know everyone wants a saucy story, but it’s really just a series of unfortunate events.’
One has to wonder why Lynch wasn’t fired or suspended for her part in the affair.
Flip to the next page to see pictures of Kathleen Nimmo Lynch and her husband…