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Ref Suspended After Forcing Wrestler to Cut Dreadlocks

Alan Maloney, a white New Jersey referee, who forced Andrew Johnson, a Black high school wrestler, to cut off his dreadlocks during a match has been barred from further officiating as an investigation takes place.

New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association published a statement on Twitter following the racist incident at Buena Regional High School, in Buena, N.J., confirming that Maloney has been benched:

“Given the degree of attention being focused on this matter, the NJSIAA will recommend to chapter officials that the referee in question not be assigned to any event until this matter has been reviewed more thoroughly.”

The video of Johnson having his dreadlocks cut off has gone viral. Maloney has a history of racism, once calling a Black referee a racial slur.

Racist Ref makes Wrestler cut dreads or lose – Andrew Johnson forced to cut his Locs by Alan Maloney

On Saturday, Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, made several posts on Twitter in reaction to the incident, saying he had never seen anything like it in his 25 years of wrestling.

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