ESPN apologizes for Musberger's attention to A.J. McCarron's girlfriend
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- January 8, 2013 - 2:28 PM
The BCS title game wasn't much to look at, but thankfully broadcaster Brent Musburger found a few things to occupy his time. In addition to calling a garbage time spat between Alabama QB AJ McCarron and his center Barrett Jones a "lovers' quarrel," ol' Brent was quite smitten with McCarron's model girlfriend, Katherine Webb. As noted by the Associated Press:
During the network's Monday night telecast, the camera lingered early in the game on model Katherine Webb, who was in the stands with her mother.
Webb is Miss Alabama, and the 73-year-old Musburger remarked on this "beautiful woman," adding a "Whoa!" at another moment of admiration. Musburger also had this observation: "You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women."
Musburger might have helped boost Webb's fame, as she gained 90,000 Twitter followers during the broadcast. As for himself, Musburger cemented his status, we suppose, as a dirty old man.
UPDATE: ESPN has released a statement of apology for Musburger's comments:
"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.”
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