Basketball star, Maya Moore has married a man she helped to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction. 

Jonathan Irons was 16 when he was convicted for a 1997 home invasion and shooting and sentenced to 50 years in prison. He served more than two decades of prison sentence until he was released in July.

 Moore, 31, said that she and Irons, 40, got married a couple of months ago.  "We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we've been doing together, but doing it as a married couple.

Irons, who is now a justice reform activist, said that he first proposed while he was still in prison, but didn't want to "trap her " from fulfilling her dreams. 

“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,” he said. “And I didn’t want her to feel trapped and I wanted her to feel open and have the ability anytime if this is too much for you, go and find somebody. Live your life. Because this is hard.”