Brent Musburger’s apparent infatuation with Katherine Webb got him in a bit of hot water with his employer.
In case you didn’t see it live or on the internet, Brent Musburger, 73, got a little excited last night, and it wasn’t about the Crimson Tide’s dominating on-field performance in the BCS Championship Game.
ESPN has now issued an official apology for Musberger’s remarks about Katherine Webb, Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend and the reigning Miss Alabama.
In the first quarter, the camera focused more than once on Katherine Webb, 23, prompting Musburger to start gushing:
“Well, I tell you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women! What a beautiful woman …
“So if you’re a youngster at Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops.”
Based on the response in social media, Musburger’s “fawning (to put it politely), not the game itself, became the defining topic of the national championship game,” according to Yahoo! Sports.
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys, whose had a busy day (including the announcement that Rob Parker was let go by the network), issued this statement:
“We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”
Katherine Webb was very gracious about the whole situation and didn’t seem offended by Musburger’s commentary: “It was kind of nice. “I didn’t look at it as creepy at all. For a woman to be called beautiful, I don’t see how that’s an issue.”
Do you think Brent Musburger’s comments, as awkward as they might have been, about Katherine Webb were so out of line to necessitate an apology? Should she thank Musburger that she now has over 160,000 Twitter followers?