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http://www.espn.com/high-school/story/_/id/25589162/new-jersey-high-school-wrestler-forced-cut-dreadlocks-viral-video-stirs-questions-race

This referee should be tarred and feathered. This is not the type of news our sport needs, even if it happened in a high school setting.

His previous incident precludes any benefit of the doubt he should get now.

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41 minutes ago, Sheerstress said:

Question:  in a situation like this, where a wrestler has hair extending below the neck, it IS within today's rules to use a hair covering (e.g. water polo cap) underneath the headgear, correct?

 

Not correct.  A few years ago the rule changed to that the cover needed to be attached to the headgear.  My understanding is that was the issue here (he had a cover, just not the “proper” cover).  So as stated by Mr. Roberts in the article, the referee technically made the correct call.

What’s not known is when the ref first saw the cover.  Technically if you need to wear a cover you’re supposed to show it at weigh ins.

 

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1 minute ago, LCpl Schmuckatelli said:

 

Solution: don’t be a douchebag.

 

 

Agreed. Enforcing rules like this to the letter of the law is only asking for trouble. I can understand if the kid didnt have a hair cover at all, but the kid had one. He could have easily allowed the kid to use it this time and said "before you're next match get the new hair cover that attaches to the headgear."

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Just now, jeffrideal said:

How did everyone stand by and just watch?    It was pretty gut wrenching, but even worse was his reaction when he won.  Sad that no one put a stop to it, including his coaches and trainers. 

His coaches argued with the ref but the kid stepped up and said he would cut his hair to avoid forfeiting.

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2 minutes ago, BigTenFanboy said:

Agreed. Enforcing rules like this to the letter of the law is only asking for trouble. I can understand if the kid didnt have a hair cover at all, but the kid had one. He could have easily allowed the kid to use it this time and said "before you're next match get the new hair cover that attaches to the headgear."

 

Funny you say that.  It appears that’s pretty much what happened - at his previous competition

 

http://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/andrew-johnson-wrestler-cut-hair-rules-dreadlocks-alan-maloney-referee-buena-nj-20181221.html

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I blame the coach. Rules about hair are nothing new.  How do you not have hair covers for your athletes?  With that said, this ref should not have been reinstated after using a racial slur-and he definitely shouldn't have been the one to enforce the rule given his history.  

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2 minutes ago, BigTenFanboy said:

His coaches argued with the ref but the kid stepped up and said he would cut his hair to avoid forfeiting.

Agree, but his coaches should have forfeited the whole dual in protest.  Again, I wasnt in the gym and cannot say how I would respond, so armchair comments from me.  But still, pretty demoralizing for this young man and his coaches could have done more. 

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7 minutes ago, jeffrideal said:

Agree, but his coaches should have forfeited the whole dual in protest.  Again, I wasnt in the gym and cannot say how I would respond, so armchair comments from me.  But still, pretty demoralizing for this young man and his coaches could have done more. 

If you think that way then It's a lose lose for the coach. 

Argues with the ref on the kids behalf and the kid says he will cut his hair. Coach's fault the kid got his hair cut.

Argues with the ref on the kids behalf then decides to forfeit the match in order to save the kid from being demoralized. The kid gets a dq loss, his team loses the match and his teammates after him dont grt to wrestle. and again it's the coach's fault.

Either way the kid ends up feeling like crap. Ref should have just let the kid use his hair cover that doesnt attach to the headgear.

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Props to the kid for keeping focus and winning!  Seems to be an afterthought but should be highlighted.  

 

Refs using racial slurs at social gatherings with other officials shouldn't be allowed to continue to officiate if there is sufficient evidence of the usage.  

 

Past incidents shouldn't be used as evidence of latent motivations that can't be proven.  The rules are the rules and the ref evidently was just enforcing them which is his job.  Any other narrative isn't very objective.  Unfortunately most news sources are running with narratives that ignore investigating the equipment issue that led to the hair cutting altogether.

 

It is sad that a kid is in the middle of a story blowing up on Twitter where thousands of "adults" will argue endlessly.  I imagine that would be super confusing at that age and impossible to ignore.  I hope his coaches find a way to reframe all this into a positive growing experience for him.   

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, BigTenFanboy said:

During weighing the ref is supposed to do a hair, nails, and skin check. Hes supposed to check for special equipment as well before the kid ever steps of the scale.

That's something that is recommended, and something that should be done, but something that's not actually required.  The official(s) do it as a courtesy to the wrestlers and their teams to make sure everything is legal and proper, primarily to avoid situations like this one.  

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