Wrestling Referee Barred From Additional Matches Pending Investigation, After Forcing Excessive College Wrestler to Minimize Dreadlocks
Generally a headline is stronger than any story lede: “Ref with racist historical past forces HS wrestler to chop off dreadlocks earlier than match,” wrote NJ.com.
In what can solely be described as an egregious and offensive motion, a veteran highschool wrestling referee, Alan Maloney, in New Jersey pressured a student-athlete to chop off his dreadlocks earlier than a match Wednesday or be confronted with forfeit.
The wrestler, Andrew Johnson of Buena Excessive College, had already wrestled twice this season along with his hair lined. Johnson went on to win this match. It’s much like what different wrestlers with lengthy hair use to cowl it. Per NJ.com:
Wrestlers are allowed to put on authorized hair covers throughout matches, in accordance with wrestling guidelines set by the Nationwide Federation of State Excessive College Associations. If a wrestler’s hair in its pure state extends beneath the earlobe on the edges or touches the highest of a standard shirt, it’s required to be secured in a hair cowl.
Leland Moore, a spokesman for the Lawyer Normal’s workplace, stated the Division on Civil Rights has opened an investigation into Maloney’s actions.
Stunningly, the identical referee, Maloney, had beforehand been accused of utilizing a racial slur at a fellow official in 2016.
Per the Courier Submit, a South Jersey newspaper:
The catalyst for the quandary got here on March 25 in a personal shore condominium. That’s the place a bunch of officers who’d labored the Battle on the Shore youth event in Wildwood gathered — as these teams are likely to do at such occasions — for some drinks and fellowship.
Over a disagreement about selfmade wine, stated Preston Hamilton, who’s African American, fellow referee Alan Maloney poked his finger in his chest and hurled the epithet.
NJ.com reported that Preston Hamilton, an official who’s African-American, slammed Maloney after the comment.
On high of the whole lot, Mike Frankel, the reporter who tweeted the video, has caught warmth for saying Johnson was a “crew participant.”
How or why Maloney continues to officiate is bewildering. Within the aftermath of this second occasion, the state athletic affiliation has benched him. This referee has zero enterprise making calls. He’s the one who ought to be judged.