WNBA star Maya Moore married the man she helped free from prison, after suspending her career to help overturn her sentence.
Moore announced their nuptials Wednesday with Jonathan Irons on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work we’ve done together, but do it as a married couple,” said Moore at GMA’s Robin Roberts anchor. “We are thrilled to share this new chapter of 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 in life! What a miracle.”
Moore, 31, took a two-year hiatus from the league and the Minnesota Lynx in February 2019 to help free Irons and focus on criminal justice reform. In March, a Missouri judge released Irons’ 1998 conviction for a home invasion and killing of a homeowner, the Star Tribune reported.
He said he was misidentified and was not on the scene.
The 40-year-old served 23 years of a 50-year sentence and was released in July. The couple met when Moore was 18 through a prison ministry program. He said they developed a friendship that eventually turned into love.
They got married over the summer.
“For the past 13 years we have … just got into this huge battle to bring him home, and a short time later it was pretty clear what the Lord was doing in our hearts, and now we’re here today, starting a whole new chapter together.” Moore said.
Irons asked Moore to marry him a few years ago, but told her not to answer until he was free. He asked again once he was released.
“When I left we were in the hotel room. We had friends in the room, it was winding down and we were extremely tired, but we were still gassed with excitement, “Irons said.” It was just me and her in the room, and I got down on my knees, I looked at her and she knew what was happening, and I said, ‘Will you marry me?’ He said ‘yes. ‘”
Moore’s contract with the Lynx expires this season, the Tribune reported. She was a member of four Lynx league teams for a period of seven years. She was WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2011 and League MVP in 2014.
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He has no plans to return to basketball anytime soon, he said.
“I hope that sometime in the spring we will be able to take a step forward, but right now I’m trying to really breathe from this long, long battle, and have fun and rest,” he said. many unknowns for many of us right now, so I’m still in that field. “