John J. Bruno Jr., a former Division 1 wrestler, has been practicing criminal law in New Jersey for nearly 40 years. He was also a wrestling coach at high school in Becton, Clifton and Montclair Kimberley.
Bruno said he believes Maloney has used "bad judgment" but is not liable to criminal charges.
"I just do not see any crime here," said Bruno. "If he had grabbed the individual, depressed him, and severed his hair by force, it would be bad behavior, and that would probably have been a crime, in this particular case, I just do not see it, but I think the referee has problems I think it could have been handled much better. "
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"That's why I said the timing was up," Bruno said. "I think it was awful, the referee would have bitten the ball because he was not ready to address the issue properly, he should have done so at another time."