Ime Udoka’s alleged mistress has been identified as Boston Celtics team services manager Kathleen Nimmo Lynch.

The 34-year-old is married with three children.

Going through Daily Mail:

She served as the team liaison arranging travel, accommodations and game tickets for Celtics family members at home and on the road, and is likely to have arranged the trip for the bride’s fiancée. ‘Udoka, actress Nia Long.

A source familiar with the investigation told DailyMail.com the affair was consensual, short-lived and had ended by the time investigators got involved.

Lynch has a long-standing personal relationship 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 devout Mormon, helped her land her job.

A source familiar with the investigation told DailyMail.com that Ainge learned earlier this summer that the Celtics had launched an investigation into Udoka’s relationship with Lynch, but he did not intervene in the investigation. investigation or in the decision to suspend the coach.

The source added, however, that Ainge was deeply disappointed with the deal, especially since they have families.

Lynch had a personal connection to the team’s chief basketball operations officer, Danny Ainge, 63, who was aware of the investigation but remained silent.

Lynch has known Ainge and his family for over a decade, sharing a hometown, college and workplace with the basketball hero.

Ainge left the Celtics last year and took over as head of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz, long before news of the affair became public knowledge and resulted in last month’s suspension.

“Ainge’s relationship to the family or where she went to school or her religious affiliation has nothing to do with the severity of the punishment,” the source said.

“The good thing is that everyone is sorry for what happened and takes responsibility, and humiliated, and tries to fight for their family and their lives,” the source said.

Both Lynch and Ainge declined to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.

Lynch, who grew up in an active Mormon family, lived for years in Wellesley, Mass., Ainge’s hometown, where he and his wife raised a family of six.

She then attended college with Danny Ainge’s daughter at basketball star Brigham Young’s alma mater college, a school in Provo, Utah sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Days.

She graduated in 2011 and two years later was hired by the Celtics, working under Ainge who was the head of basketball operations.

He had held the top job since 2003 and retired in 2021, but has retained ties to the Celtics, where his son Austin is director of player personnel.

She graduated from college in 2011 and two years later was hired by the Celtics, working under Ainge who was the head of basketball operations. She is married to Taylor Lynch, a financial consultant

Ainge played for the Boston Celtics from 1981 to 1989 before retiring in 1995. He left the Celtics organization last year and took over as head of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz.

Udoka, the Celtics’ second-year head coach with a once-stellar reputation, was suspended for the remainder of the 2022-23 season for several unspecified violations of team rules. No disciplinary action was taken against Lynch.

The power dynamic associated with the inappropriate relationship would have been the main finding.

“I know the whole story front and back,” the source said. “It’s as basic as it gets. All acts were 100% consensual.

Still, the source added, the Celtics decided the suspension was prudent, largely because they “didn’t want the distraction to last long.”

Sources close to Lynch say she has been devastated and afraid to show her face in public these days, wanting to avoid scrutiny given that her name and photo have been widely circulated.

“She can’t even go to a grocery store,” one person said.

Ainge’s daughter Taylor, a close friend of Lynch, would not discuss details when contacted by DailyMail.com, but urged the media to respect the privacy of parties involved.

“These are involved human beings who have families and who face many consequences themselves, and they don’t need people and Twitter and the media to make it worse,” she said. . “There’s a reason people don’t discuss it. The investigation has been done and it’s over. The Celtics are doing what they have to do.

“At the end of the day, when you’re running a business and you have rules, your hands are tied,” she continued. ‘It’s like that. I know everyone wants a naughty story, but it’s really just a series of unfortunate events.

We are disappointed with Ime for several reasons.