The referee who ordered a black wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks in order to compete in a wrestling match has been suspended and he is under investigation.
Alan Maloney, who has been exposed a racist in the past, gave Buena High School wrestler, Andrew Johnson, an ultimatum – cut off his locs or forfeit his match.
When the heartbreaking video of a woman chopping off Andrew’s locs with a pair of scissors hit the internet it sparked outrage!
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was “deeply disturbed” by what happened to Andrew.
Deeply disturbed that Andrew Johnson, a student at Buena Regional H.S., was forced to choose between keeping his dreadlocks and competing in a wrestling tournament. No student should have to needlessly choose between his or her identity & playing sports. https://t.co/xfrXrpHpov
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 22, 2018
Via Huff Post:
Larry White, the executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), said the incident would be investigated by the New Jersey Civil Rights division and the referee would not be assigned to future high school wrestling events in New Jersey until the review is complete.
“NJSIAA can confirm that those groups that assign high school wrestling referees in New Jersey will not assign the referee in question until this matter has been thoroughly reviewed,” White said in a statement on Saturday. “This will help to avoid disruption of events for student-athletes.”
Maloney gotta go – FOR GOOD.