Maya Moore reveals she married Jonathan Irons, the man who she helped free from prison.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America,” the WNBA player shared that the two tied the knot after Irons’ conviction was overturned in March.
“We wanted to announce today that were are super excited to continue the work that we’ve been doing together, but doing it as a married couple. We got married a couple months ago and we’re excited to just continue this new chapter of life together,” the two-time Olympic gold medalist said.
When Irons was 16, he was arrested for the nonfatal shooting of a white homeowner named Stanley Stotler during a burglary.
Per the New York Times in July, Stotler identified Irons as the perpetrator despite the fact that there were no corroborating witnesses to the crime, nor were there fingerprints, DNA, or blood evidence linked to Irons.
Irons was sentenced to 50 years in jail after he was convicted by an all-white jury on burglary and assault charges.
However, in 2019, Moore put her career with the Minnesota Lynx on hold to advocate for Irons’ release.
After his sentence was vacated, Irons left Missouri’s Jefferson City Correctional Center in July after serving over two decades in prison.
During their interview with “GMA,” Moore said she first met Irons when she was 18 through a prison ministry program. What began as a friendship later blossomed into a romantic relationship.
“I got to know him, and over the last 13 years we have just developed a friendship and [then] entered this huge battle to get him home, and over time it was pretty clear what the Lord was doing in our hearts,” she said. “Now we’re sitting here today, starting a whole new chapter together.”
Though Irons first popped the question to Moore in prison, he didn’t want her to answer until he was released.
“I said, ‘I just want you to wait until I’m home,’ because I didn’t know if I’d be home and she’s such an amazing, beautiful person I could never trap her and not let her fulfill her dreams of being a wife and being a mother one day,” he said.
When Irons was released from jail, he proposed a second time… and she said yes!
“When I got out we were in the hotel room, we had some friends in the room, it was winding down and we were extremely tired, but we were still gassed up on excitement,” Irons recounted. “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.’”
After their exciting “GMA” announcement, Moore posted a beautiful photo from their wedding on Instagram.
Congratulations to Maya and Jonathan on their nuptials!