The veteran referee says he’s considering calling it quits after the blowback to what happened.
One of college basketball’s most-veteran referees is considering retirement.
Teddy “TV” Valentine told Seth Davis of The Athletic that he’s considering hanging up his whistle as a result of the blowback to his Joel Berry incident.
Earlier this week, Valentine turned his back on North Carolina’s star guard when he wanted to discuss a call. Video of the incident went viral, with notable analysts like Jay Bilas trashing Valentine on Twitter.
Wow. An official in the UNC-FSU game literally turned his back on a four-year player trying to speak with him after a dead ball timeout. And, officials talk about players showing officials up. Ridiculous.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 4, 2018
This was the play:
Joel Berry gets held, which leads to a turnover (easy call to miss in transition, BUT) Ted Valentine then refuses to engage Berry in conversation, literally turning his back to him. pic.twitter.com/q8jxDtVhFC
— Hayes Permar (@DHPIV) January 4, 2018
Valentine told Davis that all of this has him thinking about retiring.
“I’m thinking about retiring,” Valentine said. “I’ve had enough of people blowing up stuff. I think I’ve had a stellar career, and I think it’s time to get ready to walk away.”
According to Valentine, as a result of the incident and the attention it drew, the Big Ten removed him from two games he was assigned to work over the weekend – Friday’s contest between Wisconsin and Rutgers, and Sunday’s game between Ohio State and Michigan State. Valentine said the ACC gave him the option of working Georgia Tech’s home game against Yale on Saturday, but he decided to pass and spend a rare winter weekend at home.
That seems a little drastic, but if Valentine wants to retire, good for him. He’s had quite the career.
You can read Davis’ full story on him here.