WNBA Star Maya Moore and Husband Jonathan Irons Announce Birth of Son: 'One of the Proudest Days'

Moore, who stepped away from the WNBA in 2019 to focus on overturning Irons' wrongful conviction, said watching her husband "be a father" is "priceless"

Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons attend the 2021 ESPY Awards
Maya Moore and Jonathon Irons . Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

WNBA star Maya Moore and husband Jonathan Irons, whom she helped free from prison after he was wrongfully convicted, welcomed a baby boy in February, the couple revealed to Good Morning America Tuesday.

The new parents told the morning show that their son Jonathan Hughston Irons Jr. — nicknamed JJ — was born in February.

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Moore, 33, shared the clip on her Instagram, telling her social media followers, "Marrying Jonathan was one of the happiest days of my life!" before adding that "delivering JJ was one of the proudest days" of her life."

Plus, the two-time Olympic gold medalist added, "Witnessing Jonathan be a Father…Priceless😭."

In 2020, Moore successfully helped free Irons, 42, from prison after stepping away from her basketball career to focus on his case.

"I met Jonathan when I was 18. I was about to be a freshman at [the University of Connecticut] and my godparents and my great uncle introduced me to him and his story, his case," she previously told Good Morning America,

"He had been wrongfully convicted, he had been in prison over a decade at that point, so I was just interested in learning," Moore explained.

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Irons was 16 years old when he was arrested for a nonfatal shooting. Irons spent 20 years in prison, despite there never being any physical evidence linking him to the crime.

In 1998, an all-white jury convicted Irons on burglary and assault charges. The judge who later vacated his conviction said there was a series of problems with how the case was handled. Irons was given a 50-year sentence for burglary and assault at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Missouri.

Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons attend the Backstage Creations Celebrity Suite at the ESPYS
Maya Moore and Jonathon Irons. Bonnie Biess/FilmMagic

Two months after Irons was freed, the couple announced that they had gotten married.

Moore told the ABC morning show, "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. Now we're sitting here today, starting a whole new chapter together."

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