There should be nothing but high praise aimed towards Andrew Johnson of Buena (N.J.)High School for the character he displayed during a recent wrestling match. Johnson was told that he must cut his dreadlocks before taking on an opponent in a match by referee Alan Maloney.
Maloney told Johnson he could either cut his braids or lose the match, claiming that Johnson’s braids gave him an advantage over the opponent. Of course, that was just not factual being that Johnson had his braids covered.
We should not be surprised by Maloney’s insensitivity considering a past that includes using a racial slur against a fellow referee. Johnson sacrificed his braids for his teammates, but he did not sacrifice his dignity. He went out and won his match. Check out the video below.