Former Lynx superstar Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the man she helped free from prison over the summer. The newlyweds shared the news on Wednesday during an appearance on Good Morning America.
“We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we are doing together and doing it as a married couple,” Moore said during the interview with Robin Roberts. “We are excited to share this new chapter of life together.”
Moore, 31, put her WNBA career on hold before last season to help Irons, 40, fight his wrongful conviction for burglary and assault. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when he was 16. A judge overturned the convictions in March, citing a series of problems with the case, and in July, after serving 22 years in prison, Irons finally was able to go home.
As for the couple’s love story, Moore met Irons through a prison ministry program before her freshman year at UConn. They developed a close friendship over the past decade as she learned more about his case and over time they fell in love. He popped the questions after being released from prison.
“We were still gassed up on excitement,” Irons said. “It was just me and her in the hotel room and I got down on my knees and I looked up at her and she kind of knew what was going on, and I said, ‘Will you marry me?’ and she said, ‘Yes.'”
In addition to Moore’s announcement, ESPN Films announced on Wednesday that it’s in production on an upcoming project centered on Moore’s recently story. The untitled documentary project will explore Moore’s unwavering faith, her connection with Irons, and how she stepped away from the WNBA to pursue justice both to prove his innocence and inspire activism in others.
“I am so hopeful that this intimate look at our journey for justice will inspire all to believe that change and justice are possible,” Moore said. “The heart of this story is that when we see and value the people suffering around us we can start to become the community we know we were meant to be.”
It’s still unclear whether Moore will resume her WNBA career. Asked about her plans, Moore said she is trying to live in the moment with Irons by her side.
“I am trying to breathe from this long, long battle, and enjoy, and rest,” she said. “Just being in the moment. There’s a lot of unknowns for a lot of us right now. I’m still in that camp.”