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A referee wouldn't allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a win. pic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI
— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelJSZ) December 20, 2018
BUENA, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey high school wrestler had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout.
An SNJ Today reporter tweeted a video of Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his hair cut court-side. He went on to win Wednesday’s match but appeared visibly distraught.
Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but the referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn’t do.
The state’s Interscholastic Athletic Association says they are recommendingMaloney not be assigned to any event until the matter has been reviewed more thoroughly.
They say they have contacted the state Division on Civil Rights.
A woman answering the phone at a listed number for Maloney says the ordeal is being blown out of proportion.