The Buena Regional High School wrestling team announced it will NOT compete in events refereed by the man who forced Andrew Johnson to cut his hair before a match earlier this month.
The Buena Regional school board held an emergency meeting in New Jersey on Wednesday with board members and concerned community members … and that’s where the announcement was made.
As we previously reported, referee Alan Maloney (who is white) told the 16-year-old black wrestler to either cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit the match during a Dec. 19 event.
Johnson — who was only given 90 seconds to make his decision — opted for the haircut … and video of the shameful moment went viral.
Maloney’s camp insists the ref was only following strict guidelines about hair maintenance — and was not being racist.
As for Johnson, Buena has a wrestling match scheduled for Thursday morning — but an attorney for the student says he will NOT compete because he’s overwhelmed by the media attention.
Johnson’s attorney says he will wrestle again this season — but has not announced a return date.