If you haven’t heard the name Maya Moore before today, you’ll certainly be hearing it all over soon. Maya Moore is a player for the Minnesota Lynx, postponed her WNBA career in its prime to devote herself to something new: criminal justice.
Jonathan Irons was wrongfully convicted of burglary and assault 22 years ago. Although informing the court he was misidentified and not present at the time of the crime, at the young age of 18, Irons was sentenced to 50 years in prison. There was no blood or fingerprint evidence nor any witnesses. An officer claimed Irons admitted to the crime but did not record the conversation.
Maya Moore always felt she was called to do more and in 2018 she took that step. Having known Irons since 2007 with her family’s ministry in Irons’ prison, Moors began work to have him freed. Two years later the work paid off and Jonathan Irons is a free man. Upon his release, Irons stated “I’m free, I’m blessed, I just want to live my life worthy of God’s help and influence.”
Thankfully there has been a rise in celebrities using their voices (and their money) to bring light to such injustices. Along with Maya Moore, Kim Kardashian West has also worked to free wrongfully imprisoned people such as Cyntonia Brown Long (who has since married and received her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership from Lipscomb University) and Alice Marie Johnson who received a life sentence on a first time drug charge and was ineligible for parole.