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Referee forces HS wrestler to cut off dreadlocks before match

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by SummerMadness, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. SummerMadness

    SummerMadness Senior Veteran

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    Referee forces HS wrestler to cut off dreadlocks before match
    And before people ignore the article and defend the indefensible, there are legal hair coverings for wrestling that are allowed in the sport. This wrestler had his legal hair covering and the referee would not let him wrestle. The saddest part is the wrestler won the match, yet he looked defeated.
     
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  2. Hank77

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    I think the referee was wrong and should be reprimanded.
    However, I don't see that this wrestler looked defeated, quite the contrary. If I were that boy's parent I would have yelled.....Hey, Ref, my boy isn't Sampson, you can't defeat him with a haircut.
    And not only that he won against the ref the minute he allowed his hair to be cut. That's a man! Good for him.
     
  3. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

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    That was a humiliation tactic. I am glad the young man won his match. And his hair will grow again.
     
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  4. grasping the after wind

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    As much as I dislike dreadlocks, mostly due to the history of Aztec priests using the blood of their human sacrifices on theirs , no one ought to be able to tell another person what to do with their own body. As an aside, The NFL also ought to outlaw tackling people by their hair.
     
  5. tulc

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    uhmmm....:sorry:
    tulc(quietly tucks his dreads up under his hat and drinks his coffee) :sunglasses:
     
  6. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

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    Do you have another hat I can borrow.o_O
     
  7. Dynadin

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    I wrestled in high school in the late 80's, and most of us had obscene-length mullets. Our headgear covered some of it, but certainly not all and I can't recall a single time a ref cited a rule or concern about it.
    Obvious racism is obvious.
     
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  8. tulc

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    Sure do! Mine look a lot like this:
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    only everything not dreaded is shaved, they go down to my waist and they've mostly locked together into two long thick dreads. :)
    tulc(yep it's a dread-mullet) :sorry:
     
  9. Handmaid for Jesus

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    Mine look like this.Mine are a little longer, to my hips.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. SummerMadness

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    A black teenage wrestler with dreads, a racist referee, and the importance of how the media needs to handle sensitive subjects
     
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    CRAZY_CAT_WOMAN I'm praying for my dad to get well.

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    Yes, but it takes a long time for black people to grow hair.
     
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  13. Dave-W

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    There was a reason Julius Caesar ordered his soldiers to shave and to keep very short hair. In a wrestling match, any hair long enough to be gotten ahold of is a liability.

    Mine at 1 1/2 “ is probably too long.
     
  14. HannahT

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    I was shocked by that story. How terrible! Young adults at this age especially - everyone to some extent, but when your young especially important - take things like their dreadlocks as part of establishing whom they are as a person. It's part of their human growth into adulthood. It means so much more than that too, but I was generally speaking.

    I have no idea how these leagues work, but he should be permanently removed. If any other action can be taken? It should seriously be looked at. This referee had no right to go there.
     
  15. Dave-W

    Dave-W Welcoming grandchild #7, Arturus Waggoner! Supporter

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    And in my day shoulder length hair was common as we were differentiating ourselves from our short haired clean shaved parents. (Circa 1970) But when I went out for the wrestling team, my shoulder length hair got cut very short and my long muttonchop sideburns came off as well as they were all fair game on the mat.
     
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    Ref at center of dreadlocks scandal slammed with major penalties
     
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  18. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

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    Yep, I agree this sounds more like a humiliation tactic that came from a likely racist, power-hungry coach. This definitely shouldn't' have happened.
     
  20. cow451

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    Why?
     
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