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Forced To Cut His Dreadlocks or Forfeit

This high schooler was forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a wrestling match — and he started a national conversation in the process.

12/27/2018 1:28 AM
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  • Hal F.
    12/27/2018 01:35

    Update.

  • Vilmar T.
    12/27/2018 01:40

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  • Mary O.
    12/27/2018 01:52

    Shocking to me in 2018!!! This us blatant racism 😣I applaud this young man for maintaining his honor and dignity! Don't let the behavior of this ref damage your self esteem and who you are....god bless you as you continue your sports career ❤❤🤗🤗

  • Andy D.
    12/27/2018 02:01

    That ref should be banned from all sporting events

  • Carol P.
    12/27/2018 02:02

    The Saddest part is all the adults that stood around and let this happen. They wld let this child have his hair cut off by a stranger b4 deciding that possibly WINNING A GAME wasn't worth this child's dignity bc of course it was. Shame on everyone there.

  • Richard L.
    12/27/2018 02:19

    Not right.

  • Lanita P.
    12/27/2018 02:31

    They tried to cut ur strength By cutting ur hair..and u still won #bammmm

  • Jed G.
    12/27/2018 02:41

    This isn't racism.

  • Patrizio L.
    12/27/2018 02:43

    They also have cutted his dignity humiliating him in public..

  • Zolita M.
    12/27/2018 02:43

    This was so racist and did you see the woman that was cutting his hair how rough she was she really looked like she enjoyed doing it and that she was standing on the sidelines waiting and hoping to be the one to do it a damn shame they all can slip slide into hell the thing is if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything as the old saying goes they could have had that default I would have gave it up so apparently his hair did me that much to him he proved that that just goes to show people will sell their soul for fame and money

  • Christine G.
    12/27/2018 02:56

    That referee was completely out of order and I hope removed and forced to make it up to this young man. If there was regulations and he was not aware they should have gave him the opportunity for him to make up his own decision not to put him on the spot and embarrass him. Why couldn't I tell him next time wear a hairnet at least.

  • Ratul T.
    12/27/2018 03:04

    Its not racism, its the rule of the game, if the hair gets tangled in a lock during wrestling he or she might be sunjected to serious injuries. Just a rule, nothing else.

  • Ethan W.
    12/27/2018 03:07

    Sooo.... was there a rule that said no long hair...cause that's the only way I can see this happening. Also, if he wants the dreds, why not drop.out of the comp? Stand by your principals if you're so inclined.

  • Mary R.
    12/27/2018 03:09

    A way to emasculate by a racist.

  • Todd T.
    12/27/2018 03:53

    You are probably the only kid of color on the team now you see their isn't no team your coach the racist ass ref. An racist white girl with.the sizor blame go to the. Coach should have had all information of.the rules

  • Gloria T.
    12/27/2018 04:06

    So unfair, shame on the referee for allowing this to happen.

  • Esai D.
    12/27/2018 04:52

    Yall need to shut tf up. He could have forefitted and wrestled outside of school. Gtfo. Stop wrapping your kids in bubble wrap. Did this for 13 years ita always been that way

  • Stephon L.
    12/27/2018 04:58

    Sad

  • Chaz B.
    12/27/2018 06:43

    This boy did what was right by his team. He made the call, and won the match. He didn't let the ref get him, his school, or his team. This kid has what it takes, hope to see you in the Olympics.

  • أبو ع.
    12/27/2018 12:29

    الجزء الأكثر حزناً هو كل البالغين الذين وقفوا حول هذا الأمر وسمحوا بحدوث ذلك. هم تركوا هذا الطفل قد قطع شعره من قبل شخص غريب ب 4 قرر أن الفوز ربما لا يستحق لعبة كرامة هذا الطفل بالطبع. عار على الجميع هناك.