An official who oversaw the North Carolina Tar Heels losing to the Florida State Seminoles has actually upstaged the game itself.
Then again, this is exactly why many have dubbed aforementioned official, Teddy Valentine, as “TV Teddy.”
In a great game featuring top-25 ranked teams in UNC and FSU, TV Teddy twice did something that should make your head explode.
The first of the two is a bit difficult to figure out what exactly is happening. Outside of Valentine doing his thing, we aren’t sure what actual words are coming out of his mouth.
As for the second incident, you can see the ref clearly ignoring UNC’s Joel Berry, despite the Tar Heels talent just looking for some clarification.
Most people who have consumed college basketball enough know of Valentine. There’s good reason for his nickname, as it has been earned.
One of those people who watch college basketball as if it were their job is ESPN’s Jay Bilas, but that’s pretty much because it is literally his job. Anyway, Bilas had an opinion on the matter that many others shared.
To be clear about one part of that tweet, the number of years a player is in college shouldn’t play a factor in if a ref will show him a specific level of respect or not. Valentine was out of line, even if Joel Berry was a freshman.
His actual point, however, is accurate.