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Video of a New Jersey wrestler forced to cut off his dreadlocks after a referee refused to let him compete with a helmet has drawn fury from folks on social media calling the official's forfeit threat racist.
The clip shows Andrew Johnson subjected to the impromptu hair cut right before his match competing for Buena Regional High School in Buena, New Jersey.
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'A referee wouldn't allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks,' said SNJ's Mike Frankel in the Thursday clip that has been viewed more than 351,000 times.
'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.'
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In the footage, a white woman can be seen chopping off Johnson's hair and leaving it in shabby way. The video later cuts to Johnson dominating his opponent and pinning him to the ground to win the match.
Frankel added that the move showcased that Johnson was the 'epitome of a team player.'
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But many on social media noted that Johnson is black and the fact that he had to cut off his hair showcased obvious racist practices that are enacted towards black hairstyles.
'This dehumanizing and what anti-blackness look like in sports,' said producer Alex Medina. 'Andrew Johnson was failed at every possible level by his coaches. They should have defended him and protected his dignity even if it cost them a loss.'
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The sentiment was shared by Bongi Gwamanda, who added: 'Every adult in there failed Andrew Johnson...especially his coach and the ones cutting his hair.'
'This teams doesn't deserve Andrew Johnson. Everybody gotta go,' said a different user.
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Katie Love added: ''The epitome of a team player' would be if his coach and team decided not to let a...
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