Katherine Webb already said that ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger did nothing wrong, and that statement was echoed by Musburger himself, when he was caught by TMZ on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Musburger was arriving at the airport in Palm Beach, Florida Tuesday when he was asked if he felt his comments about Katherine Webb, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend and Miss Alabama during the BCS Championship game were inappropriate, and he made it quite clear: No (embedded video).
When the cameras focused on Webb during an admittedly boring BCS Championship, Musburger emoted eloquently about Webb’s beauty. Among his comments:
You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman.
The next day, ESPN issued a public apology, 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.
His response when questioned about it at the airport:Individuals say what individuals say. And corporations do what corporations do. Obviously, they felt it was the right thing for them to do.
Webb herself made the same comments on “Today,” earlier. She, too, felt he did nothing wrong.
Musburger hasn’t quite let go, either. This Monday, Musburger called the Kansas Jayhawks’ game with Baylor, When signing off the broadcast, he thanked his announcing crew.
For Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin’ tonight, I want to say so long from Lawrence.
Once can only imagine the smirk as he said it.
ESPN couldn’t let it go, either. On Tuesday, Josh Krulewitz, the network’s vice president of communications, tweeted:
Simply stated: “Brent said the word ‘it.’ We are moving on.
The problem is, we don’t know what “it” is.
Folks should remember that Musburger has a long history of such effusive comments about women on the stands or on the sideline. In 2005, he gave Jenn Sterger her start when he saw the camera focus on her during a Florida State–Miami football game. He said:
1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State.
His critics should at least admit one thing: He has good taste. Both Jenn Sterger and Katherine Webb are beautiful, sexy women. Check out the Katherine Webb slideshow, above.