Who Is Sabrina Ionescu's Husband? All About Hroniss Grasu

The WNBA star and the NFL offensive lineman married in March 2024

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Sabrina Ionescu is enjoying newlywed life with her husband, Hroniss Grasu.

Amid a whirlwind year in her career, which included releasing her signature shoe with Nike and winning the WNBA 3-point contest with a record-breaking 37 points, she accepted a marriage proposal.

In January 2023, her longtime boyfriend, NFL player Hroniss Grasu, popped the question with an elaborate rooftop proposal. “I was completely shocked and caught off guard,” Ionescu said on TikTok. “I was just so happy." The couple later married in March 2024.

Throughout their relationship, the pair have remained relatively private, revealing few details about their love story. Still, it’s clear that Grasu is supportive of Ionescu, as the pro football player is frequently seen at her games.

So, who is Sabrina Ionescu's husband? Here's everything to know about Hroniss Grasu and his relationship with the professional basketball player.

He’s an NFL player

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

Like Ionescu, Grasu is a star in the world of sports. He was first drafted to the NFL in 2015 by the Chicago Bears. The football center now plays for the Las Vegas Raiders.

In an interview with Nets Republic, Ionescu admitted that their busy schedules can be a challenge, especially while they were planning their wedding.

“That’s not the easiest thing to sort out,” she said. “You know, being engaged but soon to be married with an athlete. It’s always something that you have to tackle.”

Still, she understands his career and is always showing her support from the sidelines. In December 2022, she shared a sweet photo on Instagram of her at a game wearing a "Grasu" jersey with the caption, “Appreciation post- being able to support one another in our pro careers is something I’ll never take for granted 🤍 #65.”

He went to the University of Oregon

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

Prior to being drafted by the NFL, Grasu played college football at the University of Oregon. The following year, in 2016, Ionescu began studying at the same university. While there, she earned her bachelor’s degree in three years while playing basketball for the Ducks.

Both Ionescu and Grasu majored in general social sciences.

His parents emigrated from Romania

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

Along with their alma mater and professional careers, Ionescu and Grasu have another thing in common: a Romanian heritage.

Grasu was born in Los Angeles after his parents emigrated from Romania. Similarly, Ionescu’s parents and older brother emigrated to the U.S. from Romania during the 1989 revolution. Ionescu was born in Walnut Creek, California, and grew up speaking both English and Romanian.

Speaking to PEOPLE about her signature shoe collection with Nike, the WNBA star explained that she wanted to honor her family and heritage with the design. "It's shaped me into who I am, the basketball player I am, and the person I am," she said.

Continuing, she explained some of the “Easter eggs” in the shoes’ design, including a lowercase “i” and the words “Anyone, Anywhere” hidden inside the arch, a quote that represents how her family always encouraged her.

"They didn't care that I wanted to play basketball and girls were supposed to play with dolls or whatever the gender norm was, they were going to support me and they still do to this day," she said.

Now, she wants to be similarly inspirational to future athletes. "The first thing when a young girl opens the shoe, I just want them to be able to see possibility and to have a dream and to do everything it takes for them to accomplish that because I was able to do that."

He and Ionescu became Instagram official in 2021

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

The first public sign of their relationship came in 2021.

Ionescu shared photos of the couple on Instagram for the first time in August 2021. “Happy Birthday to my person! Always smiling with you🤍,” she wrote along with a series of pictures of the two together.

He proposed in 2023

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

In January 2023, the couple got engaged. Ionescu announced the news on Instagram with a series of photos showing Grasu down on one knee surrounded by flowers and candles. “It’s always us🤍 here’s to forever with you – 1.20.23 #finally,” she wrote in the caption.

She revealed more details about their engagement in a TikTok. Initially, she thought she was going to a GQ photo shoot but in reality, Grasu had planned out an elaborate proposal with her agents in order to surprise her.

“I was completely shocked and caught off guard because he played it off so well,” she said. Afterward, their friends and family came up in a party bus to celebrate with the happy couple. “I couldn’t stop taking pictures with my ring,” she said, adding, “this night was just so special.”

He and Ionescu are friends with Vanessa Bryant

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Sabrina Ionescu Instagram

After announcing their engagement on Instagram, Vanessa Bryant was one of the first to congratulate the pair, writing, "Woooohoooooo!!! Yay!!!! Congratulations!!!!!❤️."

Ionescu was a mentee of her husband, the late NBA star, Kobe Bryant, and has become close with Vanessa and their daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

Vanessa also shared her own Instagram post to celebrate. “Missed your call at 12:14a.m. this morning and called you right back when I saw this pic @sabrina_i !!!!!” she wrote along with a photo of Ionescu on FaceTime holding up her hand to show off her engagement ring. “Soooooo happy for you and Hroniss!!! Such a good wake up call! Yay!!!! 💍 💒 💕.”

The Bryant family has frequently been seen at Ionescu’s games and spending time with the triple-double queen away from the court. She’s done everything from dance with the sisters on TikTok to go on vacation with their family.

In October 2021, Ionescu posted a carousel of one such vacation on Instagram. “Flashback Friday… swipe to see my reaction😂😂,” she wrote alongside a series of photos of her and Grasu at Disneyland with the Bryant’s. “No I don’t like rollercoasters, and yes I was pressured… ❤️,” she added, tagging Vanessa and Natalia.

He and Ionescu attended the 2024 NBA All-Star Game

<p>Juan Ocampo/NBAE/Getty</p> Sabrina Ionescu and Hroniss Grasu during the NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Juan Ocampo/NBAE/Getty

Sabrina Ionescu and Hroniss Grasu during the NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In February 2024, the couple attended NBA All-Star weekend in Indianapolis. Prior to the big game, Grasu watched Ionescu face off against Steph Curry in an NBA vs. WNBA 3-point contest.

They married in March 2024

Grasu and Ionescu exchanged vows in Laguna Beach, California, on March 10, 2024. Their wedding guests included "25 to 30 family members from Romania" who had never been to the United States as well as friends Vanessa Bryant and WNBA star Satou Sabally.

"Being able to put the world on pause for two weeks and celebrate something that is just so special, it was definitely very memorable and we're still coming down from it," Ionescu told PEOPLE in May 2024. "I'm still getting used to saying that I have a husband."

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