A New Jersey highschool wrestling referee who was blasted for forcing a competitor to chop his dreadlocks or forfeit his match has reportedly taken a step towards submitting a defamation lawsuit.

Alan Maloney, in a authorized submitting to a dozen potential defendants, alleged $100,000 in damages for defamation of character and emotional misery.

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Maloney stated he was following the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation guidelines when he instructed wrestler Anthony Johnson to chop his hair, in keeping with TMZ Sports activities. He claimed that he gave Johnson ample time to get a hair overlaying however he didn’t have one.

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The video of Johnson receiving a haircut on the sideline went viral and drew criticism globally.

Dominic Speziali, an legal professional for Johnson’s household, stated Maloney’s plans to file a declare within the incident is “outright absurd.”

“His description of occasions misstates the details and the relevant guidelines, each of which present that Andrew ought to have been permitted to wrestle — simply as he did 4 days earlier — and not using a hair overlaying, with out having to first lower his hair, and with out Maloney’s unjustified interference,” Speziali stated in an announcement to NBC Information.

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Maloney hasn’t officiated a match for the reason that incident. State civil rights and interscholastic athletic affiliation officers have been investigating.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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