The Referee Who Forced A Teen To Cut His Locks Before A Match Has Been Banned
The New Jersey referee who forced a black teen to cut his locks or forfeit a wrestling match has been banned from officiating any more games in the school district.
Buena Regional School District Superintendent David Cappuccio and the Board of Education met last week to discuss the controversial decision against player Andrew Johnson. Cappuccio later revealed Alan Maloney is "done with our district."
Footage of the Dec. 19 incident shows a visibly uncomfortable Johnson having his locks cut. Johnson had to use injury time to cut his locks and almost ran out of time to complete the match.
Johnson did win the match. News of the incident sparked outrage online many who felt the decision to cut the athlete's hair was rooted in racism.
Johnson's family attorney Dominic A. Speziali made sure to clarify where the family stood on the situation.
"As this matter is further investigated, the family wants to be clear that they are supportive of Andrew's coaches and the team's athletic trainer," Speziali said in the statement. "The blame here rests primarily with the referee and those that permitted him to continue in that role despite clear evidence of what should be a disqualifying race-related transgression."