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Attorney for wrestler made to cut dreadlocks condemns referee’s ‘outrageous conduct’

Attorney for wrestler made to cut dreadlocks condemns referee’s ‘outrageous conduct’

The parents of an African-American high school wrestler who was forced by a white official to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match spoke out Monday, expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support their son has received as an investigation into the incident continues.

Andrew Johnson, a junior at Buena Regional High School in southern New Jersey, was about to step on the mat for the 120-pound bout when referee Alan Maloney reportedly said his thick, dark brown dreadlocks and hair cover violated state regulations.

The National Federation of State High School Associations dictates the rules for high school wrestling matches. One of its new points of emphasis for wrestling...

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