“I feel like I can live life now,” said wrongfully convicted Jonathan Irons after being released from prison a couple of months ago. WNBA star turned activist Maya Moore was among those who greeted Irons outside of prison, as her efforts to help free wrongfully convicted man bore fruit. A happy ending to the story that will continue to be written by the joint forces of both protagonists.
“We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we are 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.”Maya Moore, Good Morning America
The two first met 13 years ago, when an 18-year-old Moore was introduced to Irons through a prison ministry program. Irons’ case captured Maya’s interest from the get-go, as she started learning more and more about it.
Her involvement with the case culminated in ’19 when Moore wrote for The Players’ Tribune that she would miss the upcoming season to focus on family and ministry dreams. In January ’20, she announced that she would once again miss the upcoming WNBA season as well as the ’20 Olympic games in order to focus on her advocacy for criminal justice reform. But it was all for the best, as the two have started a new chapter of their lives together, something Jonathan contemplated of doing while still at Jefferson City Correctional Center.
“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. And I didn’t want her to feel trapped and I wanted her to feel open and have the ability any time if this is too much for you, go and find somebody. Live your life. Because this is hard.”Jonathan Irons, Good Morning America
Well, it got a helluva lot easier, as the two joined forces in a quest for “happily ever after.” Following Irons’ proposal just hours after getting released, they got married at a masked and socially distanced ceremony with their loved ones.
The couple is now enjoying an active, joyful life together riding bikes, playing frisbee, and doing your normal everyday stuff, while making their mission to help others who have been wrongfully convicted as well, as they continue to write next chapters of their fairy-tale.