A New Jersey referee who forced a high school wrestler to cut or retire his dreadlocks before his Wednesday match is being investigated and will not be assigned until the review is over.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic The Athletic Association [NJSIAA] issued a statement on Saturday that the incident, which was viral this week, is being investigated by the state authorities.
"In addition, NJSIAA can confirm that the groups that assign wrestling referees in New Jersey to High School will not assign the referee until that matter has been carefully considered. This will help avoid an interruption of events for student athletes, "said Larry White, managing director of NJSIAA, in a statement.
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The statement said that the association would "take this matter very seriously."
The Procuratorate has confirmed an investigation by the Civil Rights Division, and the school overseer said in a letter to the community that they support all student-athletes
On Wednesday, the Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, filmed in black, was arrested in a video that SNJ Today had received from an athletic trainer Johnson had a blanket for his hair, however referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said it would not, and Johnson continued to win his game against Oakcrest, but appeared visibly upset.
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The video sparked interest in Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, among others
"That's Nonsense, "Burroughs wrote on Twitter. "In my opinion, this was a combination of abuse of power, racism and sheer negligence."
Burroughs called Johnson "brave" for his performance in the game, despite "all the adversity and racism you faced right now," and said he understood his reasons for agreeing to the haircut, though it might have been "more powerful." to go away.
between holding his dreadlocks and competing in a wrestling tournament, "Murphy tweeted. "No student should be forced to unnecessarily mess between his or her identity while playing and exercising."
Maloney was scrutinized for a black-referee's use of a race snake prior to 201
Ryan Gaydos and the Associated Press of Fox News contributed to the report.