Maya Moore has announced that she will not rejoin the Minnesota Lynx for the 2021 WNBA season. During a recent interview on Good Morning America, Moore shared that she is taking time to enjoy the early stages of her marriage and spend time with her family.
Moore last played in 2018 for Minnesota Lynx. During her eight-year career, the Missouri native earned four WNBA titles, received a WNBA MVP and appeared in six WNBA All-Star Games. She stepped away from the game in 2019 to pursue social justice work. Most notably, she worked to vacate the arrest of Jonathan Irons. In 2020, Irons was released and the two announced their marriage shortly thereafter.
"This journey has been quite wild, so I'm still trying to take that time to really get settled," Moore said.
"We just got married. I'm still planning on taking some rest and really just leaning in to this season of enjoying Jonathan and having this full year."
Moore's husband, Irons, was arrested for burglary and assault in Missouri. Tragically, important evidence was not shared with Irons' defense and he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Fortunately, the work of Moore and the Innocence Project compelled a judge to rule that prosecutors had suppressed evidence that would have bolstered Irons' defense. He was released last summer and is looking to file a civil lawsuit against the prosecutors involved.
"I am not the only person that this has happened to," Irons said.
"This lawsuit is about publicly exposing what has happened to me, sharing the truth and creating public awareness. And hopefully creating a deterrent to stop this from happening to someone else."
Moore is working alongside Irons to pursue this lawsuit. She will also star in a 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN later this week. However, there is no timeline for when or if she will return to the WNBA.
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