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Black Wrestler Forced to Cut Hair

Referee With Racist Who Forced Teen To Chop Locks Is Now Banned Pending Investigation

Andrew Johnson from Mike Frankel's Twitter

A New Jersey referee who forced a high-school wrestler to cut his locks before a match has been barred from further officiating pending an investigation into the incident, school district officials said Friday.

Andrew Johnson was forced to receive an impromptu haircut moments before he took to the mat for Buena High School in New Jersey. The referee, whose been identified as Alan Maloney by New Jersey Advance Media writers, allegedly told the teenager he would forfeit his match against Oakcrest High School if he did not comply. Johnson went on to win the match after school official chopped some of his locks with scissors.

The video was first shared by Mike Frankel of South New Jersey News Today.


Maloney has a been linked to racist behavior in the past. According to the Courier Post, Maloney, who is white, used the N-word during at a social gathering following a youth tournament two years ago. He was allegedly slammed to the ground by black official Preston Hamilton for making the remark. Maloney did not dispute the account of the incident and said he apologized.

Social media users are called for swift punishment after Maloney’s latest incident.

In a statement released yesterday, The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association reiterated its hair policy and announced the suspension of Maloney until an investigation is completed.

“Regulations regarding hair length and legal hair covers for wrestlers are provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations,” the statement read. “At this point, the NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident and whether an infraction occurred.”

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