WNBA star Maya Moore married the man she helped get out of jail after pausing her career to overturn his conviction.
Moore announced the wedding on Wednesday with Jonathan Irons in ABC’s “Good Morning America”
“We wanted to announce today that we are very excited to continue the work we have done together, but we are doing it as a married couple,” Moore told GMA’s Robin Roberts. “We are happy to share this new chapter in life together.”
She later posted a photo on Instagram showing her in a wedding dress and Irons in a tuxedo with the caption: “Grateful to announce this new chapter of life! What a miracle.”
Moore, 31, took a two-year break from the league and Minnesota Links in February 2019 to help release Irons and focus on criminal justice reform. In March, a Missouri judge overturned Irons’ 1998 verdict for house invasion and shooting a homeowner, the Star Tribune reported.
He said he was falsely identified and was not at the scene.
The 40-year-old served a 23-year 50-year sentence and was released in July. The two met when Moore was 18 on a prison ministry program. She said they formed a friendship that eventually turned into love.
They were married in the summer.
“For the last 13 years, we … have just entered this great battle to take him home, and over time it has become quite clear what the Lord is doing in our hearts, and now we are sitting here today and starting a whole new chapter together. said Moore.
Irons asked Moore to marry him a few years ago, but told her to stop answering until he was free. He asked again after he was released.
“When we went out, we were in the hotel room. We had friends in the room, she was in liquidation and we were extremely tired, but we were still overwhelmed with excitement, “said Irons. “It was just me and her in the room, and I fell to my knees, looked up at her, and she somehow knew what was going on, and I said, ‘Are you going to marry me? “She said yes.”
Moore’s contract with Lynx expires this season, reports Tribune. She was a member of four Lynx teams in the championship for seven years. She was WOBA Rookie of the Year in 2011 and League MVP in 2014.
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She has no plans to return to basketball in the near future, she said.
“I hope that someday in the spring we will be able to take the next step forward, but at the moment I am really trying to just breathe from this long, long battle and enjoy and rest,” she said. “There are a lot of unknowns for many of us right now, so I’m still in this camp.”