Luke DeCock

ACC referee goes viral, again; ACC says ‘it’s a non-issue’

Official Ted Valentine has a word with North Carolina coach Roy Williams in the second half of the Tar Heels’ game against Florida State on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
Official Ted Valentine has a word with North Carolina coach Roy Williams in the second half of the Tar Heels’ game against Florida State on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Ted Valentine is back in the news. He may not even be aware of it this time.

The controversial ACC referee, in his first game back after an unofficial five-day suspension arising from an incident with North Carolina’s Joel Berry, went viral Tuesday night. A video clip appeared to show Valentine poking Virginia forward Jack Salt in a sensitive area after calling a foul, although Salt had no reaction.

Wednesday, an ACC spokesman said “it’s a non-issue and we will have no further comment.”

It has been quite a week for Valentine, who was removed from ACC and Big Ten assignment – including Saturday’s Duke-N.C. State game – after turning his back on North Carolina guard Joel Berry at Florida State last Wednesday. Valentine, who worked the ACC title game and Final Four last season but who earned the nickname “TV Teddy” for confrontational and flamboyant ways, then told The Athletic he was considering retirement because of the backlash.

Tuesday’s Syracuse-Virginia game in Charlottesville was Valentine’s first ACC game since the incident with Berry and appeared to go smoothly, the viral video notwithstanding. Virginia did not respond to a request for comment.

Sports columnist Luke DeCock: 919-829-8947, ldecock@newsobserver.com, @LukeDeCock

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