WNBA star Maya Moore marries Jonathan Irons after serving to overturn his jail sentence

Jonathan Irons was freed from prison this week with the help of basketball star Maya Moore

The pair met in 1998 in a jail ministry when Moore was an adolescent and Irons was serving a 50-year sentence for housebreaking and assaulting a house owner with a gun — a conviction that was overturned by a decide in March this 12 months.

He walked free in July having served 22 years of the sentence, and Moore, who sat out a whole season to assist overturn the conviction, revealed on Wednesday that the pair had married.

“We wanted to announce that we are super excited to continue the work that we’ve been doing together but doing it as a married couple,” Moore instructed Good Morning America.

“We got married a couple of months ago and we are excited to just continue this new chapter of life together.”

The pair are at present working to teach the American public in regards to the voting course of forward this 12 months’s Presidential election and plan to proceed campaigning for legal justice reform.

Irons stated his relationship with Moore blossomed whereas she helped free him from his wrongful conviction.

“I wanted to marry her but at the same time protect her because being in a relationship with a man in prison, it’s extremely difficult and painful,” he instructed GMA.

“And I didn’t want her to feel trapped and I wanted her to feel open and have the ability any time (for me to say) if this is too much for you, go and find somebody. Live your life. Because this is hard.”

He proposed to her in a resort room earlier this 12 months after his launch: “It was just me and her in the 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,’ she said, ‘yes.'”

Moore, 31, is skipping two WNBA seasons to give attention to legal justice reform.

She’s thought of one of many best ladies’s basketball gamers of all time and gained WNBA titles with the Minnesota Lynx in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017.

After serving 22 years in jail, Irons stated after this launch that he did not blame his accuser and needs to focus his time on serving to others in the identical place he was in.

Source’s Jill Martin and Ben Church contributed to this report.

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