Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell among NBA stars praising Maya Moore’s heroic crusade
Several NBA stars have come out to heap praise on Maya Moore following the recent release of Jonathan Irons, a man who had been serving a 50-year prison sentence.
Moore, the first pick of the 2011 WNBA Draft, put her basketball career on hold in 2019 to focus on her prison ministry work. This has finally come to fruition after Irons’ conviction was overturned in March, thanks in large part to the untiring assistance of Moore and her family.
NBA players praised Maya Moore after Jonathan Irons was released from prison on Wednesday.
Moore chose to leave the WNBA at the peak of her career to help overturn Irons' 50-year sentence. pic.twitter.com/Frm2Pp8hb5
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 3, 2020
Paul had the best message among the bunch, with the 35-year-old veteran commending Moore for her heroics off the court. Paul’s message is clear — that certain things are much more important than basketball, and that Moore is certainly winning in this regard. Paul himself has been outspoken on social justice issues, but he hasn’t gone to the lengths Moore has to combat them.
Moore, a six-time All-Star and the 2014 WNBA MVP, was one of the biggest names in the league when she opted to walk away last year. The Minnesota Lynx star shocked the basketball world, but her motivations received much praise. Her journey has now come full circle, and aside from Irons and his family, there is likely no one more delighted with this development than Moore herself.
It is unclear whether or not Moore is going to be returning to the league for the upcoming season. She has already indicated in an earlier statement that she is in a “really good place,” and that “basketball has not been foremost” in her mind. It’s going to be a huge loss for the WNBA if she opts not to return, but there’s no denying that she is fighting the good fight off the basketball court.