Maya Moore to sit out second straight WNBA season

Moore is trying to help free a man who has been in prison for 22+ years.
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For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Lynx will be without star forward Maya Moore. 

Moore told the New York Times that her focus continues to be on trying to free a 39-year-old inmate from what she believes was a wrongful conviction in her hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri. 

Moore, who helped lead the Lynx to four WNBA championships between 2011-17, told the New York Times that "basketball has not been foremost in my mind," and that her life is "in a really good place right now." 

The 30-year-old former WNBA MVP is attempting to help free Jonathan Irons, a 39-year-old who has been in prison since the age of 16 after being sentenced to 50 years after being convicted of burglary and assaulting a homeowner with a gun. 

Moore and Irons' attorney, per the New York Times, argue that the evidence supporting Irons' innocence is overwhelming. 

Moore wrote a letter to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in October arguing that there is no DNA evidence or physical evidence of any kind that links Irons to the crime. 

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