Referee banned after hair comments

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A longtime referee has been banned from officiating in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia after singling out a 10-year-old girl during a basketball game because of the color and texture of her hair.

Erica Guerrier, who coaches her daughter’s team, says she thought the referee was going to ask how long a timeout would be when she saw him walking across the court in her direction.

“He asked to speak to me and then he mentioned that one of the players, when she goes to the next level, she is going to have to do something about her hair,” she said

That player was her 10-year-old daughter, who is wearing a typical African American hairstyle, braids with blue weave woven in. The referee said it was against the rules.

“The Chesapeake official came and they had my daughter come over and he pointed to, I guess the point where her natural hair meets the hair that was braided in, and said he didn’t know what that was, and I said that’s her natural hair,” she said. 

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