The identity of the woman who is accused of having an affair with Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has finally been revealed.
The female employee is team service manager Kathleen Nimmo Lynch, 34, a married mother-of-three, DailyMail.com disclosed. However, the team has not identified the woman Udoka was involved with, but her name was leaked online.
Lynch served as a team liaison, arranging travel, lodging, and game tickets for Celtics family members at home and on the road. She likely arranged travel for Udoka’s fiancée, actress Nia Long.
A source close to the investigation told DailyMail.com that their affair was consensual, short, and had ended by the time investigators got involved.
Lynch got the job do to her personal ties with the team’s legendary former player Danny Ainge. He was the team’s executive director of basketball operations but left the franchise last year.
Apparently, Ainge was informed early in the summer that the Celtics had launched an investigation into Udoka’s relationship with Lynch. Still, he did not intervene in the investigation or decision to suspend him.
The source did say that Ainge was deeply disappointed by the affair, especially given the fact they both have families.
Kathleen grew up in an active Mormon family and lived for years as a teenager in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Danny’s then-hometown where he and his wife were raising a family of six.
“The relationship to the Ainge family or where she went to school or her religious affiliation had nothing to do with the severity of [Ime’s] punishment,” a source close to Danny, who now serves as head of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz, told Daily Mail.
“The good thing is that everyone regrets what happened and is taking responsibility, and humbled, and trying to fight for their families and lives back,” a source said.