On Wednesday, Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron whose beauty ESPN announcer Brent Musburger praised during Monday’s BCS championship game, said ESPN did not need to apologize for Musburger’s comments. She said the media has been “unfair” to him.
In an appearance on NBC’s Today Show with Matt Lauer, Webb said:
“I think the media’s been unfair to him. If he would have said something along the lines of we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think it would have been a little bit different. The fact he said we were both beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t see why any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that. So, I think that they’ve been unfair to him.”
When Lauer asked if was there was “no reason for ESPN to apologize in your opinion,” Webb said ESPN’s apology was not necessary.
“You know I don’t think it was needed honestly,” Webb said. “I mean, of course I appreciate it, but at the same I don’t think I needed an apology.”
During Monday’s telecast of the BCS title game, Musburger said: “If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with Pop.”
ESPN, though, succumbing to public pressure, issued an apology on Tuesday. The network said, “we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”
Webb’s father, who would be the first to be outraged if Musburger’s comments crossed a line, said people needed to give Musburger “a break.”