In addition to the suspension of Maloney, high school officials announced that there is now a mandate that all coaches and referees involved in high school team or individual sports, must now engage in bias training,
Attorney Dominic Speziali, who represents Johnson, spoke on behalf of his client and scoffed at the decision. Click here continue.
“The results of the [Division of Civil Rights’] investigation leaves no doubt that repeatedly disgraced referee Alan Maloney was flat-out wrong in his abhorrent treatment of Andrew,” Speziali told TMZ Sports. “It is our opinion that any individual with such a storied history of race-based incidents and continuing questions about his credibility should not face a limited suspension of two-years, but should be permanently barred from officiating.”
Maloney has apparently threatened to sue in the amount of $100,000 for defamation and also claimed emotional distress, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Civil Rights Office and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association worked to eliminate interpretation of the rule “that allowed wrestling officials to determine that traditionally black hairstyles were ‘unnatural,’ or to subject wrestlers with traditionally black hairstyles to differential treatment as to when a hair cover was required.”