New Jersey Officials Now Investigating Racist Wrestling Referee At Center Of Dreadlocks Controversy
This happened pretty quickly — GOOD!
The white referee who ordered a black wrestler at a New Jersey high school to cut off his dreadlocks is now being officially investigated by NJ state high school athletic officials, according to TMZ.
Alan Maloney, the referee at the center of that horribly controversial incident earlier this week, is now under investigation and will NOT be working any matches while the investigation runs its course.
Maloney has not yet been formally suspended or anything, per reports, but officials feel it’s best that he remain away from the wrestling gym while they sort things out.
A rep for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association gave TMZ the following statement (below):
“The NJSIAA has been in direct contact with school officials and is now awaiting official incident reports. A report also has been requested from the referee involved. In addition – and as per its formal sportsmanship policy – the NJSIAA has provided initial information to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and will continue to send updates as they become available. At this point, the NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident and whether an infraction occurred. As a precautionary measure, 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 in order to avoid potential distractions for the competing wrestlers.”
As you’ll remember from the video (below) the incident itself was tough to watch:
Epitome of a team player ⬇️
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 (@MikeFrankelSNJ) December 20, 2018
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