Wrestling Ref Who Forced Student To Cut Dreadlocks Is Suing For Defamation

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Back in December, highschool wrestling referee Alan Maloney made waves within the worst means potential as he requested Buena High School wrestler Andrew Johnson to minimize off his dreads, or he'd should forfeit his match. The clip of Johnson shaving his dreads within the health club ended up going viral and outrage finally ensued. People began to do some digging on Maloney and truly discovered that he had a reasonably racist previous. According to TMZ Sports, Maloney hasn't officiated a single wrestling match since and now, the disgraced ref is suing the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for defamation.

The lawsuit is reportedly value upwards of $100,000 as Maloney feels as if his title has been dragged by means of the mud. In his letter to the NJSIAA, Maloney says that Johnson's hair was too lengthy as stipulated within the guidelines laid out by their very own group. He believes he gave Johnson a good period of time to both put on a head masking or get his hair minimize and that in the long run, he was simply following protocol.

Despite being advised to shave off his dreads, Johnson overcame adversity and ended up serving to his crew to win the match. Thanks to his victories out on the mat, the college ended up qualifying for the regional championships.