WNBA star Maya Moore has married a man who helped her break free from prison after putting her career at stake to help her overturn her faith.
Moore on Wednesday announced nuptials on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Jonathan Irons
“We wanted to announce today that we are excited to continue the work that we are doing together, but as a married couple,” Moore told GMA anchor Robin Roberts. “We are excited to share this new chapter of life together.”
She later posted a photo on Instagram in which she wrote her wedding dress and iron in tuxedo with the caption: “Thankful to announce this new chapter of life! What a miracle.”
Moore, 31, took the two-year Mintas and Minnesota Lynx from the league in February 2019 to help free iron and focus on criminal justice reform. The Star Tribune reported that in March, a judge in Missouri vacated Iron’s 1998 conviction for home invasion and shooting a homeowner.
He said he had a false identity and was not at the scene.
The 40-year-old was sentenced to 23 years in prison for 50 years and released in July. The pair met when Moore was 18 through a program in the prison ministry. She said that they developed a friendship that eventually turned into love.
They were married in the summer.
“In the last 13 years we … just entered this huge battle to get him, and just in time it was very clear what the Lord was doing in our hearts, and now we are sitting here today, a whole Beginning new chapter together, ”Moore said.
Iron asks Moore to marry her a few years ago, but he replies that she will be held back until she is free. After being released he asked again.
“When I got out, we were in the hotel room. We had some friends in the room, it was curved and we were very tired, but we were still proud of the excitement, ”said Iron. “It was just me and his room, and I sat on my knees, and I looked at him and he knew what was going on, and I said, ‘Will you marry me?” she said yes.'”
The Tribune reported that Moore’s contract with the Lynx is ending this season. She was a member of four championship Lynx teams over a period of seven years. She was the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2011 and was the league MVP in 2014.
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He said he did not plan to return to basketball in the immediate future.
“I’m hoping that sometime in the spring we’ll be able to take the next step, but right now I’m really trying to breathe and enjoy and relax through this long, long battle,” she said. There are too many unknowns for a lot of us right now, so I’m still in that camp. “