In a rare occurrence, an official is getting what he deserves for ruining a game by acting like a loon.
ESPN reports longtime referee Ted “TV Teddy” Valentine won’t get the chance to put on a Refshow at the NCAA Tournament as he’s been benched despite working First Four games last year. He says the January incident in which he turned his back on North Carolina guard Joel Berry is the reason for his “unjust” punishment — from the report:
“This is not right, it’s just not fair,” Valentine told ESPN. “It hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m being punished unjustly.”
Valentine told ESPN he was informed by NCAA coordinator of officials J.D. Collins of the decision just prior to working the Wichita State-Houston AAC semifinal game on Saturday.
“I asked him why,” Valentine said. “We talked about the Joel Berry situation and how he had a discussion with the Big Ten. But I told him, ‘I fixed the situation.'”
Valentine claims he has since apologized to Berry (and head coach Roy Williams) and admitted he was in the wrong, but his damage control after the fact clearly wasn’t enough to clean up this mess. He also missed two Big 10 games over this turn of the back.