ESPN apologizes for Musburger comments

Katherine Webb drew lots of attention from ESPN Monday night. (AP Photo)

Katherine Webb drew lots of attention from ESPN Monday night. (AP Photo)

ESPN has issued an apology for Brent Musburger’s comments on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend during Monday night’s BCS championship game.

Late in the first quarter of the game — a 42-14 Alabama blowout — ESPN’s cameras began to focus on Katherine Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama USA, who was sitting with McCarron’s mother.

“You quarterbacks,” Musburger said to color man Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State QB, “you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman.”

“Wow!” analyst Kirk Herbstreit chimed in.

“If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with Pop,” Musburger added.

ESPN’s Mike Soltys apologized on Twitter.

“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,” Soltys tweeted. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

All the attention ESPN gave her has made Webb an Internet sensation.

As of early Wednesday morning, she had more than 213,000 followers on Twitter — including LeBron James — up from several hundred before the game.

All of the attention doesn’t seem to bother the 23-year-old Webb.

“It’s been actually kind of fun,” she told The Associated Press.

181 comments Add your comment

Billy Jackson

January 9th, 2013
7:39 am

Brent Musburger acted like a pig on Monday night. He is an arrogant,self-absorbed ‘expert ‘ on all sports. Did he ever play any competitive sports? Was he any good?

I seems to me public figures have been fired for less than this. It was embarrassing and ESPN/ABC should be ashamed.

John

January 9th, 2013
7:40 am

ESPN is pathetic. Brent did nothing wrong. Now people have to apologize for calling a woman beautiful?!!!! what’s next? Apologizing for opening the car door for her too?!!!!

Lee

January 9th, 2013
7:45 am

PC gone ballistic — where will it end? There was nothing wrong with Brent stating the obvious. I can’t imagine why any sane person would object. Of course, that may be the point.

George Perles

January 9th, 2013
7:48 am

Musberger, like many other sportscasters, is a gas bag who should be put out to pasture. This isn’t his first bout of being obnoxious.

GB

January 9th, 2013
7:48 am

I don’t think either ESPN or Brent Musburger should apologize for anything. It was a complimentary comment regarding an obviously beautiful woman. And his encouragement to young football players to throw the ball around in the backyard with their Dad’s and become quarterbacks was funny in context. Didn’t Kirk Herbstreit agree with Brent in his “Wow” comment.

Tom Thompson

January 9th, 2013
7:49 am

Ditto. Give me a break. Give us all a break.

ESPN is pathetic. Brent did nothing wrong. Now people have to apologize for calling a woman beautiful?!!!! what’s next? Apologizing for opening the car door for her too?!!!!

Jose Canseco

January 9th, 2013
7:50 am

You can call my wife beautiful if you want to! Of course, women who have never been called hot or attractive would not understand.

Ugly women begin your comments….now…

Andy

January 9th, 2013
7:51 am

Are you kidding me.. this woman ought to be flattered to be singled out as “a beautiful woman” (which is precisely what she is)… We’ve gotten sooOOOoo politically correct we automatically assume we have somehow /somewhere “crossed some line” whenever we say something… Screw the apology…screw the censors…screw ESPN…!!! You go Brett, I applaude your honesty…

Bob Anderson

January 9th, 2013
7:52 am

Maybe he should have commented negatively? “What an old hag she will become in 50-60 years”

rick

January 9th, 2013
7:52 am

He said nothing wrong. She is beautiful. Why is ESPN apologizing for her looks?

will

January 9th, 2013
7:54 am

How could anyone be offended? “you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman.”

im on Brent’s side, hes always been a great commentator!

Jose Canseco

January 9th, 2013
7:54 am

Hell…they should be apologizing for Notre Dame sucking the game up!

Dennis

January 9th, 2013
7:56 am

REALLY?? all because he said she was beautiful?…PLEASE ESPN

Mike Franklin

January 9th, 2013
7:56 am

I don’t see any violation of the politically correct lexicon… but, then again, Musburger is one of the most annoying boothapes in sports.

Mark

January 9th, 2013
7:57 am

The stupid PC crap you have to apologize for these days. Y’all be sure you don’t compliment someone on their looks today, OK?

James D

January 9th, 2013
7:58 am

Oh for crying out loud,.. Brent was saying out loud the same exclamation we were all thinking. I say Bravo to you sir. Its a shame that there is such a clamor for something that says he is as human as the rest of us. I can find nothing wrong, distasteful or off color with anything about this. My wife agrees.

James

david

January 9th, 2013
8:00 am

thats,s the problem with today,s world…we worry so much about what people say….if we offend one person,,then its so wrong,,,if we would just worry about ourself,,and let miss webb worry about herself,,,the world would be a better place again,,,

Cheerleader2012

January 9th, 2013
8:01 am

If ESPN feels it’s necessary to apologize for commenting on a beautiful woman, then why do they show the Cheerleaders on the sidelines…because they are all ugly??? NO! Because they are beautiful and men (and some women) want to see them. Why are they barely dressed? Because sex sells! If it doesn’t bother the woman in question, leave it alone. Drop it. Let’s move on…RGIII tore his LCL. There goes MY fantasy football for next season!

Likescomments

January 9th, 2013
8:02 am

She should thank him… He probably just made her a star. We’ll probabaly be seeing her in a series or movies shortly

DonH

January 9th, 2013
8:02 am

Come on people she’s a gorgeous beauty queen. She competes in a swim suit. If she wasn’t pretty she wouldn’t be on camera to start with and by the way Brent wasn’t the cameraman or director. If they put her on camera what is he suppose to do?

Dred Scott

January 9th, 2013
8:04 am

Wow, look at that person! Why, some in our audience may quite possibly find that person to be attractive! Just don’t stare! Now look away quickly!

avlisk

January 9th, 2013
8:06 am

Has anyone else noticed how bush-league ESPN is most of the time anyway.

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January 9th, 2013
8:07 am

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RICK

January 9th, 2013
8:07 am

Where will it end? Do we have have to edit every word we speak? I belive ESPN is wrong on this, get real !

rayu

January 9th, 2013
8:08 am

Political Correctness is BS – and ESPN shows its lack of backbone by genuflecting to the PC gods. Musburger did nothing wrong.

Dick

January 9th, 2013
8:09 am

Quarterbacks and Pilots deserve and have the beautiful women. And she is beautiful!

Tao

January 9th, 2013
8:12 am

I’m thinking that someone who competes and wins the Miss Alabama title is a ‘beautiful women’ and is used to being called a beautiful women. In a world of war, corruption, greed, and hate, I would think there are other issues to upset the pc among us.

Sam L

January 9th, 2013
8:14 am

Does anyone disagree w/Brent’s statements?
Rule #1 QB’s do get the good looking women
Rule #2 Even without my glasses this woman is gorgeous
I rest my case.

Bud Green

January 9th, 2013
8:15 am

Are you kidding me??? What was the apology for??? He said nothing mean or offensive. She even enjoyed it. It is NEVER wrong to compliment anything. TOTALLY appropriate. For something to be wrong, it must be NEGATIVE, not POSITIVE.Couldn’t have been more positive. (no victim, no crime) “She” said it was fun. DOLTS!!!

Jason

January 9th, 2013
8:15 am

You are looking live at a beautiful women.

mia

January 9th, 2013
8:16 am

I agree with everybody else. Apologize for what? Who was offended? Who was hurt by the comment? N O B O D Y . It was a compliment. She’s Miss Alabama. She didn’t win an UGLY contest. Calm down ESPN, if you want to apologize, apologize for apologizing for something you didn’t need to apologize for in the first place! sheesh!

Michael

January 9th, 2013
8:16 am

Who told the camera man to focus on her ? Who found out where she was sitting in that enormous stadium? Who made the screen label with her name ? Not Brent. The director and or producer set this up. She is HOT. Not simply beautiful. Hot. What the heck did they expect? Throw the Director and producer under the bus as well if people are so upset about this episode.

Jason

January 9th, 2013
8:16 am

M

January 9th, 2013
8:18 am

will (and others), people could be offended because the unspoken corollary is that women with non-quarterbacks are not good-looking. Also, a public personality so enthusiastically leering at and dwelling on what’s essentially a stranger is stalker-creepy. He could’ve just said one sentence about her looks and quickly moved on.

max steingrout

January 9th, 2013
8:19 am

i think the whole world has gone mad. mus brentberger & espn should not apologize for anything, it’s not like he went all marv albert or joe namath on her

Old Crimson

January 9th, 2013
8:21 am

If it’s okay with Katherine and A.J. then the issue is pointless. I can’t believe those that are offended saw and heard it anyway. Seems like football may be a little too barbaric for you to watch. Candy Asses.

kate28

January 9th, 2013
8:21 am

Canesco calling your wife beautiful is your job….or did you forget that? As a woman, a journalist that has also worked in professional sports, I have heard a lot worse. Besides she said she liked it. Not sure Brent’s wife feels the same way.

richard

January 9th, 2013
8:23 am

the only sport he ever played was tiddle winks.

jlota

January 9th, 2013
8:23 am

Brent did nothing wrong!!!!!!! Get over yourself ESPN.

SPM

January 9th, 2013
8:24 am

Katherie Webb’s ENTIRE life is based on her beauty. ESPN is completely out of their minds to apologize. What the heck are they apologizing for? It was a factual comment that 99% of the people would agree with. She is beautiful and he’s a luck guy. That’s like making a positive commenting on a uniformed solder in the stadium and then apologizing because of those who do not believe we should defend our country. This country is going down the friggin tubes

goldhoarder

January 9th, 2013
8:27 am

Ummmm… what did he do wrong? Point out the obvious? That she is a gorgous woman? LMAO. PC on steroids. No fan of Brent but give me a break.

Doug

January 9th, 2013
8:27 am

All part of the far left trying to institute “political correctness,” but when they want to tear into someone it doesn’t apply. All part of their double standard. Idiotic culture of watch everything you say or do as you may find yourself without a job or possibly facing a law suit. They all know where they can put it as well.

houdini1

January 9th, 2013
8:31 am

Wow. Can’t even give a compliment anymore. Wish someone would focus a camera on me and tell my husband he has a beautiful wife….

mike wilson

January 9th, 2013
8:32 am

Maybe ESPN should appologise for constantly interrupting coverage of the %$#@! game to show her. One shot would have sufficed.

The Masked Superstar

January 9th, 2013
8:34 am

I don’t know what the issue is. He didn’t make any off handed sexual remarks so where’s the issue? He said she was beautiful and that’s not a lie, so where’s the issue?

Brian O

January 9th, 2013
8:34 am

When did calling a woman beautiful become offensive in this country ? Brent Musberger is a true dousche most of the time, but in this instance, I think someone got a little too worked up over nothing. Maybe whoever it is should look away from their frickin smart phone at some real issues that plague this country, and stop worrying about the small stuff……..

Gracchus

January 9th, 2013
8:34 am

The guy did nothing wrong other than perhaps embarrass himself by going on about it a little too long. His comments were not vulgar, nor were they disrespectful to the woman, who not insignificantly took no offense at what Musburger said. Some people seem to think his age deprives him of the “right” to call a young woman beautiful, and that in fact is far more offensive in its blatant prejudice.

alaya

January 9th, 2013
8:35 am

Hey retards they are apologising for making it sound like she is with him since he is a qb… And that gorgeous women are shallow like that. Duh…

Steve

January 9th, 2013
8:37 am

I agree with John! Brent did nothing wrong! And I can bet 100% that Katherine Webb loves the flattery! It has opened thousands of doors for opportunity for her that she would have never received through simply being a beauty queen. I would guess that less than 1% of the viewers watching the game have ever seen a beauty pageant. Now she is world famous. ESPN has no reason to apologize.

82Dawg

January 9th, 2013
8:37 am

Seems to me that she is benefiting from it. 99% of the people didn’t know who she was until now. I am sure she will pick up a few jobs from all of the publicity she is getting.