When it comes to the world of basketball filled with scores, records, and championships, it’ll be hard not to mention the NCAA all-time leader, the FIBA Americas U-16 gold medalist, and the only NCAA Division I basketball player to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career triple-doubles, Sabrina Ionescu. Born in the year of 1997, Sabrina is a 23 years old professional basketball player who is well known for playing the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association(WNBA), however this time Sabrina isn’t in the headlines for her career success but well for her personal relationship which she had kept secret for several years.
Earlier the month of August exactly on the 13th date of 2021, Sabrina shocked her fans when she shared a series of snaps celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday on her Instagram account referring him to be her “person”. Following which thousands of her fans now are more curious about her boyfriend whose name is Hroniss Grasu.
Let’s get to know more about the dating life of Ionescu and her partner, Hroniss Grasu.
Sabrina Ionescu and Hroniss Grasu Relationship
On August 13, 2021, New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu left many of her followers in awe-struck when she took to her official Instagram page to wish her special one on his birthday.
With over 694,000 followers on her verified Instagram account: @sabrina_i, Sabrina who has kept her love life out of the spotlight for years, shared a series of cute snaps alongside her special one on his birthday, who she lovingly referred to as her “person”.
She captioned the photos: “30. Happy Birthday to my person! Always smiling with you. #HG.” At the time, people became more concerned about who the basketball player’s other half was, what he is doing, where he lived, and everything.
Just after some hours of the post being surfaced online, Sabrina’s love life became a headline in the sports world.
Her Instagram stories even revealed that they celebrated his birthday together. Making up all the searches, it was revealed that Sabrina’s other half to be an American football player Hroniss Grasu.
1. He is an athlete(football player).
Matter of fact, Sabrina’s boyfriend, Hroniss is also an athlete who is well known for playing as a free agent football center holding a career history of playing for several football teams including the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers.
He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team in 2012 and 2013 and was a First-team All-American in 2013. He even holds the title of All-Freshman Second Team which he earned in 2011.
2. He is of Romanian descent.
Born as the youngest son to his Romanian parents; Stefan and Mariana Grasu, Hroniss also belongs of Romanian descent. His Romanian parents emigrated from Romania to Los Angeles in 1982, where they started their business opening “Greco’s New York Pizza” on Hollywood Boulevard.
His father, Steve, in Romania, worked in movie stuntwork while his mother, Mariana, was a goaltender for Romania’s national handball team.
3. He attended the same college Sabrina attended.
It seems to be a fate for the couple to be together as the college that Hroniss attended where he played his college-level football games; University of Oregon, Sabrina later also joined the same university where she played basketball.
Before he attended Crespi Carmelite High School, where he was an All-State offensive lineman. Following his graduation, he went on to join the University of Oregon where he took over as the starting center for the Oregon Ducks as a freshman and remained the same throughout his senior season.
4. He played for 6 different football teams.
Considered to be one of the most promising centers entering the 2015 NFL Draft class, Grasu has been signed by 6 different football teams to date. He was initially drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears with the 71st overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft where he played till September 2018 when he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. However, he was released just two months later.
He then was signed by the Miami Dolphins, on December 12, 2018, but was released nine days later. On February 7, 2019, Grasu was signed by the Tennessee Titans where he was signed and released 3 times till his final release on December 3, 2019. He was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens following which he was signed with the San Francisco 49ers on August 20, 2020, but was released soon.
5. He is 7 years elder than Sabrina.
According to Sabrina’s Instagram post as posted on August 12, 2021, Hroniss entered his 30s while celebrating his birthday the same day of 2021. Whilst he is in his early 30s now, his girlfriend, Sabrina is currently 23 years old and will turn 24 later this year in December.
Reflecting on the two athletes’ ages, the couple has an age difference of seven years.
6. He doesn’t hold any official social media sites.
After the birthday post went on to become a headline, many fans went on to search for Hroniss’s social media sites however he didn’t hold any official social media accounts.