We had recently brought you a report about a black high school wrestler who was forced to cut his hair or risk forfeiting a match by the referee. Well, action has been taken and the referee in question, Alan Maloney, has been fired.
This was disclosed in an emergency meeting called last Wednesday night in the Buena Regional School District, chaired by a New Jersey Superintendent, David Cappuccio. The Superintendent had expressed his displeasure at the incident and didn’t even let the board vote. He made an ultimate decision saying, “he is done working for our district.”
Attorney for 16 y/o wrestler Andrew Johnson – Dominic A. Speziali – says family is defending coach & trainer questioning why administrators at the match did not get involved. The Johnson family wants to “resolve the matter” & to “return to normalcy” & are waiting for invex @6abc pic.twitter.com/VdrIhooh9p
— Annie McCormick (@6abcAnnie) December 26, 2018
Prior to this decision the referee had been suspended indefinitely pending when investigations will be complete. Though the family of the wrestler, Andrew Johnson, did not say a word at the meeting, his attorney, Dominic Speziali, said the athlete was emotionally affected by the referee’s action. He said the wrestler will take some time off due to attention from the media but will be back later in the season.
For now, the family is yet to press charges or take any form of action on the issue, the lawyer says they await results of the ongoing investigations. Concerned citizens have also expressed their displeasure at the incident and have sought that appropriate action is taken by the district.