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Black wrestler's lawyer says referee's lateness led to haircut

December 25, 2018 1:07 AM
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(Reuters) - A lawyer for a high school wrestler who was pressured into cutting his dreadlocks by a referee last week said on Monday that the referee was late to the match and should have raised the issue of hair length hours earlier.

The New Jersey Division of Civil Rights has launched a probe into the conduct of referee Alan Maloney, who is white, after he apparently told 16-year-old Andrew Johnson of Buena Vista Regional High School in New Jersey, who is black, he had to cut his hair or forfeit his wrestling match just moments...

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