The Associated Press
Printed Monday, December 24, 2018 3:19PM EST
Final Up so far Monday, December 24, 2018 4:31PM EST
BUENA, N.J. — A attorney for a high college wrestler whose dreadlocks were reduce off after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit minutes earlier than his match is suggesting the impromptu hair reduce became as soon as due in portion to the referee’s tardiness.
Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who’s black, had a duvet over his hair, but referee Alan Maloney , who’s white, said that will per chance now no longer enact. Johnson won Wednesday’s match but regarded visibly distraught.
Dominic Speziali issued an announcement Monday in which Andrew Johnson’s of us said Maloney didn’t attend the weigh-in that day. They additionally negate that when Maloney evaluated the teen earlier than the match, he didn’t elevate any points with the measurement of his hair or the need to keep on a head holding.
Maloney didn’t acknowledge to a demand for commentary Monday. The organization that oversees the convey’s high college athletics announced Saturday that he’ll now no longer be assigned to any fits till the incident is reviewed.
Michael Cherenson, spokesman for the New Jersey Negate Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation, said the organization had reached out to teams that put referees “and they’ve all agreed” now no longer to place Alan Maloney to any tournament till extra ogle.
An SNJ This day reporter tweeted a video of Johnson getting his hair reduce. The video became as soon as shared broadly on social media, with customers calling the incident “racist,” “merciless” and “humiliating.”
In the assertion issued Monday, Johnson’s of us additionally thanked those that bask in proven strengthen for his or her son.
“Andrew has been deeply moved by the thunderous outpouring of unsolicited strengthen — along with from an Olympic wrestler, leading civil rights advocates and elected officials — after the pretty pre-match ultimatum,” the assertion said.
“Wrestling has taught Andrew to be resilient within the face of adversity. As we movement forward, we are comforted by every the strength of Andrew’s character and the strengthen he’s purchased from the crew. We can enact all that we are able to to make definite that that that no student-athlete is forced to endure what Andrew experienced.”