Maya Moore is a real-life hero.
The 4-time WNBA champion put her career on hold and sat out the entire 2019 season to focus her efforts on fighting to overturn the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Irons.
Jonathan was convicted in 1997 of burglary and assaulting a homeowner with a gun and was sentenced to 50 years behind bars.
His team argued there was no physical evidence connecting him to the crime and a judge overturned his conviction in March.
On Wednesday, Jonathan walked out of the prison a free man after serving 22 years and Maya Moore was right there waiting for him with open arms.
Maya, who was just 16-years-old when she met Jonathan in 1998 through a prison ministry, shared a video of his release on her Instagram page with one word, “FREEDOM.”
See the video below:
Jemele Hill took to social media to celebrate Maya by tweeting:
People need to understand how huge this is. Maya Moore is one of the most decorated basketball players of all time and she halted her career IN HER PRIME to right an injustice. This is just amazing.
Peep Jemele’s tweet below:
Watch Maya and Jonathan on “Good Morning America” below:
Much gratitude and respect to Maya…she is truly a legend.
Welcome home, Jonathan.