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High School Wrestler's Hair Remains 'Unrelenting Fixation' for Officials

Andrew Johnson was forced to cut his dreadlocks and he's still under scrutiny by wrestling officials, said his attorney, Dominic Speziali.

Andrew Johnson, a wrestler attending Buena Regional High School in New Jersey, was forced by referee Alan Maloney to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match, which sparked outrage around the country last month. This week, another referee wanted Johnson to cover his now shorter hair for a match.

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Ref Suspended After Forcing Wrestler to Cut Dreadlocks

"This was a combination of an abuse of power, racism, and just plain negligence," said Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs.

Alan Maloney and Andrew Johnson / TWITTER

Alan Maloney, a white New Jersey referee, who forced Andrew Johnson, a Black high school wrestler, to cut off his dreadlocks during a match has been barred from further officiating as an investigation takes place.

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