Official Ted Valentine apologizes to Joel Berry II ahead of UNC's Saturday win

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

North Carolina guard Joel Berry II said that official Ted Valentine apologized to him before the Tar Heels' 80-66 win Saturday over Georgia Tech.

The apology stems from an incidenton Jan. 3, when Valentine turned his back on Berry while the guard attempted to discuss a non-call with the official during a loss to Florida State.

Valentine was removed from two Big Ten games that he'd been scheduled to work as a result and even briefly mulled retirementbefore returning to work.

Berry and Valentine talked briefly, with both smiling as they gave each other a brief embrace.

Berry said Valentine "made sure that there was nothing wrong between us, and I told him it was all good.''

Berry told reporters that he didn't think it was a big deal, but appreciated Valentine's apology.

"You can have a learning experience at any age," Berry said.