Ref­eree who told wrestler to cut dread­locks barred for two sea­sons

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

A ref­eree who told a New Jer­sey high school wrestler to cut his dread­locks or for­feit a match last year has been sus­pended for two sea­sons.

The state Divi­sion on Civil Rights and state’s ath­letic as­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced the sanc­tion Wed­nes­day.

Buena Re­gional stu­dent An­drew John­son, who is black, had been wear­ing a hair cov­er­ing. But ref­eree Alan Maloney, who is white, said John­son had to cut his hair or for­feit the match last De­cem­ber.

Also Wed­nes­day, the state man­dated bias train­ing for high school sports of­fi­cials and staff.

Maloney had been barred from of­fi­ci­at­ing while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ceeded. In March, he filed no­tice that he planned to sue for defama­tion and emo­tional distress.

His lawyer did not im­me­di­ately

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