Alan Maloney, a New Jersey-based White referee with a checkered past that borders racial bias against Black peers, students and athletes, was suspended for his role in demeaning a Buena High School Black wrestler last December. As previously reported, Maloney, who has also been accused of calling a fellow referee the N-word over a dispute about wine, was suspended for two years after ordering Andrew Johnson, 16, to either cut his dreads in a timely manner or be disqualified from a match he eventually won.
Epitome of a team player ⬇️
A referee wouldn’t allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a win. pic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI
— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelJSZ) December 20, 2018