We watched the Notre Dame vs. Alabama game over at a friend’s house Monday night. We noticed ESPN zooming in on one particular woman in the crowd, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb.
The former Miss Alabama USA competitor and avid fan was seen cheering her man on while the commentators, well, had a hard time keeping their comments focused on the game.
At one point, ESPN announcer Brent Musberger, 73, said “You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women.”
Then, “What a beautiful woman. Wow!” Analyst Kirk Herbstreit followed by saying McCarron must be doing something right before offering his own “Wow!”
And then the storm broke.
According to today.com, Webb, who originally had 2,300 followers on twitter had close to 140,000 by Tuesday morning. The site says the “brunette beauty was also a top search on Google.”
Boyfriend McCarron told Yahoo! Sports, “Hey, I guess she’s more famous than me.”
Musberger was immediately criticized for his comments, saying that what he said about Webb was borderline inappropriate and that he may have taken it “too far.” ESPN even issued an apology to Webb saying:
“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.”
Since when is calling a woman beautiful taking things too far? I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that anyone would think Musberger’s comments were offensive. Including Webb herself, who told Matt Lauer on Today the next morning:
“I think the media has been really unfair to (Musburger). I think if he had said something along the line if we were hot or sexy, I think that would be a little bit different. The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t think any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that. I appreciate it, but at the same time I don’t think I needed an apology.”
The “we” Webb was referring to was McCarron’s mother who was seated beside her.
I agree with Webb. Hearing you’re a beautiful woman should bring nothing but a smile to your face.
And she is, after all.
What did you think of Musberger’s comments? Why do you think ESPN offered an apology? How long do you think Webb will ride this new fame wave? (Hint: she’s already been asked by Trump to be a judge at the next Miss USA pageant in Vegas.)