A New Jersey referee who forced a high-school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks right before a match has been barred from further officiating pending an investigation into the incident.
The unnamed Buena Regional High School student was told at a match that his hair and headgear were not compliant with regulation and would have to instantly cut his long locks or forfeit the round.
Video of the student having his hair cut went viral after it was circulated on social media the following day, drawing widespread outrage online.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association released a statement Friday that said it would recommend the referee, who was not named, not officiate any matches until a review could be completed.
Multiple news outlets identified the clearly-visible referee in the video as Alan Maloney — who was also once accused of calling another referee a racial slur during a March, 2016 social gathering in an argument over home-made wine.
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