New Jersey Black teen wrestler forced to cut dreadlocks before match
An African-American New Jersey high school wrestler was faced with the ultimatum of having his dreadlocks cut off or not compete.
Shared by New Jersey new networks SNJToday on Wednesday, referee Alan Maloney told Buena High School student Andrew Johnson that he would have to cut off his locs claiming that they were a violation despite him covering them with a cap. He said the hair cap wasn't enough and if the teen wanted to compete he had to chop his hair or forfeit the game.
With the game being one of the most important of the year, the teen had no choice to comply under pressure. In the video, a woman can be seen cutting off the visibly upset teen's hair. Johnson went on to win his match but barely looked happy about it as he left the mat.
A petition has been created to have Alan Maloney fired from his position at Buena High School.
The story went on to the shared by SNJ Today News sports director Mike Frankel, who inaccurately called Johnson "the epitome of a team player."
After the video quickly went viral on Friday, it was discovered that Maloney's past transgressions against African-Americans were rooted in racism. In 2016, he evaded punishment after he called fellow wrestling referee Preston Hamilton, who is black, the n-word. The incident happened during an argument over homemade wine at a gathering in New Jersey. Hamilton slammed Maloney to the ground afterward.
Maloney agreed to participate in sensitivity training and an alcohol awareness program but admitted he didn't remember using the slur. Both men were originally suspended but the decision was later overturned.
Video courtesy: SNJToday