Alan Maloney Biography – Alan Maloney Wiki
Alan Maloney is a New Jersey wrestling referee. On Wednesday December 19, 2018, Alan Maloney, forced Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson to choose between cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting his scheduled match against Oakcrest High School.
SNJ Sports Director Mike Frankel, posted the dreadlock cutting incident on Twitter.
Epitome of a team player ⬇️
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
— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelSNJ) December 20, 2018
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association released a statement on Friday that said it would recommend Alan Maloney not officiate any matches until a review could be completed. The statement read: “Regulations regarding hair length and legal hair covers for wrestlers are provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations. At this point, the NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident and whether an infraction occurred.”
According to the Courier Post, Maloney was in 2016 accused of calling a fellow referee the n-word. At a private gathering between officials at a condominium, Maloney allegedly poked referee Preston Hamilton in the chest and allegedly used a racial slur during an argument over homemade wine. Hamilton slammed Maloney to the ground.
Referee Preston Hamilton reported the incident and Maloney agreed to participate in sensitivity training and an alcohol awareness program. Both were to be suspended for one year, Maloney for his use of the slur and Hamilton for assaulting Maloney. However, they appealed their suspensions and they were overturned.