ESPN has issued a formal apology to Katherine Webb, girlfriend of Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, for sportscaster Brent Musburger's on-air ogling of the beauty during Alabama's BCS Championship Game on Monday night.
In a statement on Twitter, ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys wrote:
Have been asked on focus on @_KatherineWebb in BCS: 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.
During the broadcast of the game on Monday, TV cameramen focused on McCarron's girlfriend and Musburger began riffing on how lucky quarterbacks were for their beautiful women.
"If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with Pop." Musburger said during the broadcast.
Webb defended Musburger, saying he wasn't being "creepy" but was only being complimentary.
After the incident, Webb, who was crowned Miss Alabama last year, gained thousands of new Twitter followers, going from some 2,000 followers to over 100,000 overnight.