White Ref Who Cut Black High School Wrestler’s Dreadlocks Under Investigation

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A highschool is the middle of an argument which some say has racist undertones. Andrew Johnson, a wrestler for Buena Regional High School, was ordered to chop his earlier than a match by a white referee who’s now beneath investigation by state officers.

TMZ Sports reports:

The incident includes Buena Regional High School athlete Andrew Johnson — who was seen on video getting his dreadlocks chopped off earlier than a match this week.

In the footage, Johnson seems distraught. People are livid, claiming the ultimatum was racially motivated because the ref, Alan Maloney, has beforehand been disciplined for making a racist remark in 2016.

The method it’s being defined to us … Maloney has not been formally suspended or disciplined for the Johnson incident, however officers really feel it’s greatest to maintain him off the mat whereas they collect data.

A supply related to Maloney tells us his place is that he was merely imposing a rule about hair upkeep — and insists race was not an element.

Meanwhile, we spoke with a rep for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association — which oversees highschool sports activities in NJ — a who gave us the next assertion.

“The NJSIAA has been in direct contact with college officers and is now awaiting official incident stories. A report additionally has been requested from the referee concerned. In addition – and as per its formal sportsmanship coverage – the NJSIAA has offered preliminary data to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and can proceed to ship updates as they change into out there.”

Despite the embarrassment, Johnson received his match, which notched an general win for the college.

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