Now, the referee has been banned from officiating any matches.
Johnson was left with no option than to cut off his dreads instead of forfeiting the match, which he later won in sudden-victory overtime..
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association confirmed in a statement the fallout has prompted state investigators to open a probe into the matter.
NJSIAA executive director Larry White also revealed that the referee will not be assigned any matches until the review is complete, according to;
“I clearly understand the issues at play, and probably better than most. The NJSIAA takes this matter very seriously,” he said.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday that he was “deeply disturbed” by the incident.