Maya Moore and husband Jonathan Irons welcomed their first child in February, they announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”
Moore and Irons named their son Jonathan Hughston Irons Jr. On Instagram, Moore called his birth “one of the proudest days of my life!”
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Moore was a four-time WNBA champion with the Minnesota Lynx before stepping away from the game to focus on social justice issues.
She met Irons in 2007 while he was wrongfully imprisoned for burglary and assault, and Moore helped push for his freedom. A judge overturned Irons’ conviction in 2020, and he proposed to Moore the night he was released.
The couple’s story was documented in an ESPN 30 for 30 film titled “Breakaway,” was released last July. Moore later was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2021 ESPYs.
In her ESPYs speech, Moore addressed the strength it took for her to step away from basketball.
“My courage has not been as much in me not playing but in the emotional and mental and spiritual outpouring into love and fighting against injustice,” she said. “Power is not meant to be gripped with a clenched fist or to be hoarded, but power is meant to be handled generously so we can thoughtfully empower one another to thrive in our communities for love’s sake.”