Alan Maloney the referee who forced a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit, is preparing to file a lawsuit, as reported by Melanie Burney at Philly.com.
Maloney, who forced Buena Vista High wrestler Andrew Johnson cut his dreads or forfeit a match in December, is alleging defamation of character, emotional distress and says he has lost $100,000 in pay.
Maloney, who has been accused of racism and singling out Johnson, says he was just enforcing the rules. He believes that Johnson did not have a required hair covering.
Maloney sent notice to 12 possible defendants, including Buena Vista School District officials and coaches and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJIAA).
Following the incident, the Buena Vista School District decided that Maloney would no longer officiate contests that included Buena Vista wrestlers. An NJIAA investigation has not yet announced its findings.
Here's video of Johnson having the dreads snipped and earning an emotional victory to help his team win their match.
Epitome of a team player ⬇️— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelJSZ) December 20, 2018
A referee wouldn't allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a win. pic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI
Maloney was suspended in 2016 for using a racial slur against a black official, as reported by Khadrice Rollins at SI.com. Maloney's suspension was lifted following an appeal.