Maya Moore Parents- Kathryn Raised Her As A Single Mother

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A retired WNBA player, Maya Moore parents, Michael and Kathryn, separated even before her birth. Her mother raised her as a single parent, while her father remained absent from her childhood.

The four-time WNBA Champion showcased an interest in basketball at a young age. Well, some part of the credit to her father’s genes, who played collegiate basketball.

From her dad’s other relationship, she has three half-siblings: a brother & two sisters. Both of her sisters played volleyball at college & now pursuing their respective careers.

Retired WNBA Player Maya Moore
Retired WNBA Player Maya Moore (Source: Instagram)

Born on June 11, 1989, Moore played professionally from 2011 to 2018 before going on a hiatus & later confirming her retirement from WNBA in 2023.

The 2013 WNBA Finals MVP was the first overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2011 WNBA draft. Other notable picks of that draft were Liz Cambage (#2), Courtney Vandersloot  (#3) & Amber Harris (#4).

Moreover, she represented the United States women’s basketball team & won two Olympic gold medals (in 2012 & 2016).

Before playing professionally, Moore played collegiate basketball at the University of Connecticut (2007-11).

There she secured numerous trophies and honors, including three Wade Trophies and two NCAA champion titles. Her college career stats stood at 3036 points and 544 assists, winning 150 and losing just four games.

Maya Moore Parents: Michael & Kathryn

Moore is the only child of her parents: Kathryn Moore and Michael Dabney, who separated even before her birth.

Her father, Michael Dabney, was not there for her as she grew up, leaving her mother, Kathryn, to take on the full responsibility as a single mom.

The retired WNBA star is close with her mother- the two are more likely friends, teammates & partners.

When Maya Moore was young, she & her momma Kathryn moved from Jefferson City to Lawrenceville, Georgia, at 11. There, she attended Collins Hill High School.

Her mother, Kathryn, occasionally appears in interviews, expressing her pride in her daughter.

Maya Moore With Her Mother
Maya Moore With Her Mother (Source: ESPN)

Moore’s biological father, Michael Dabney, was not an active part of her life.

He is a former basketball player who played collegiate basketball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers University.

Although Michael became the third-round pick of the 1976 NBA draft, he chose not to play.

Half-Siblings From Father’s Side

After separating from her mother, Maya Moore’s dad, Michael Dabney, had some other relationships too.

As a result, she has three half-siblings: sisters (Ashley & Olivia) and a brother Vaughn.

She has a younger half-sister named Ashely Dabney, born on July 2, 1991, in Portland, Oregon, from her father’s relationship with Lean Creswell.

Ashley attended Maryland’s Towson University, where she was a track and field athlete. She is married to Brandon; they exchanged vows in July 2019.

Maya Moore's Half Sister Olivia Dabney, Father Michael Dabney & Stepmother Jolette
Maya Moore’s Half-Sister Olivia Dabney, Father Michael Dabney & Stepmother Jolette (Source: Instagram)

The former WNBA player’s other half-sister is Olivia Dabney (b. September 1999), whose parents are Michael and Jolette Dabney.

Olivia, a grad of Sacred Heart University, currently works as an integrated media manager for a branding company named WITHIN. She joined the company in May 2021.

Maya’s half-brother Vaughn Dabney is an entrepreneur who graduated from DeVry University in 2006. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is the founder of Unoma Haus, Inc (Sept 2020 – now).

Married Life & Husband- Does Maya Moore Have A Kid?

The former athlete Maya Moore is in a blissful relationship with her husband, Jonathan Irons.

Moore took time away from her professional basketball career to seek justice for Jonathan, a wrongfully imprisoned man.

At age 16, the Sheriff’s Department wrongfully convicted him of burglary and assault and sentenced him to over 50 years.

Maya Moore With Her Husband
Maya Moore With Her Husband (Source: Instagram)

They arrested him based on the questionable testimony of an eyewitness, and no evidence connected him to the crime. The former WNBA star put her career to hold to help Jonathan overturn his conviction.

Likewise, Moore met Jonathan through a family connection who was working on his case in 2007.

After a continuous fight, the court finally released him on July 1, 2020. Shortly after his release, the couple tied the knot.

The couple announced the birth of their first child, Jonathan Iron Jr, on July 5, 2022.

Utsana Thapa
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