Katherine Webb’s beau, quarterback AJ McCarron, seems to have everything going for him, from his team’s handy victory over an undefeated Notre Dame on Sunday to a stunning former Miss Alabama girlfriend cheering in the stands. It’s unlikely that this has escaped the attention of anyone watching the game, many thanks to ESPN announcer Brent Musberger’s shameless commentary expounding on her good looks as only a 73-year-old sports announcer can. The lengthy attention of both the camera and Musberger earned Webb a whopping 160,000 new Twitter followers and, well, priceless free publicity.
ESPN released an apology In response to backlash on the Webb commentary, labeling Musberger’s remarks as “creepy,” “awkward” and “uncomfortable." “We always try to capture interesting story lines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent (Musberger) understands that.” Reportedly, the “cringing” ESPN trailer at the game also urged Musberger to “move on” from Webb to the bigger picture through his earpiece, but not before the old man drooled just a little too much.
Webb’s response to the whole shindig? The aspiring model slash Chick-Fil-A training director was unperturbed, nay flattered, by the comments and found ESPN’s apology superfluous. She respectfully declined to acknowledge any of the weird vibes that had everyone else’s radar going off, responding “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.” Webb later told "Today’s" Matt Lauer "I think the media has been really unfair to him. 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." Apparently this Southern Belle is as laidback and gracious as a poised pageant queen can be, and she definitely knows the value of free TV time.