One of the greatest players in the world, Maya Moore, will sit out for the second consecutive WNBA season to focus on her passion in criminal justice reform and to focus on her personal life, first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday.
Despite the potential of a return when Moore first announced her intent to sit out, the superstar will not participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Moore's friend, Jonathan Irons, is believed by her to be wrongfully convicted in a crime in which he was sentenced to 50-years in prison. The two met back in 2017 when the WNBA star took a visit to the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Missouri. Irons is now 39 years old but was only 16 when first convicted of burglary and assault with a gun.
"I am in a really good place right now with my life and I don't want to change anything," Maya Moore told The New York Times in a telephone interview. "Basketball has not been foremost in my mind. I've been able to rest and connect with the people around me, actually be in their presence after all of these years on the road. And I've been able to be there for Jonathan."
Moore, along with increased supporters, has stood by the lack of evidence, witnesses and DNA evidence involved in the crime. The story involves the potential of false confessions and lack of recorded conversations between Irons and interrogators.
Maya Moore was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. She led the Lynx to four championships since that time and is a six-time WNBA All-Star and former Most Valuable Player. At 30 years old, Moore told the Times she is not retiring and does not feel it is the right time for her.