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ESPN apologizes for Brent Musburger’s comments about Katherine Webb

(Julie Jacobson / AP) Miss Alabama. (Julie Jacobson / AP)

ESPN has apologized for comments by veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger, who seemed to lose the thread of the BCS championship game when confronted with the loveliness of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend Monday .

With ‘Bama quickly asserting itself against Notre Dame, Musburger noted Katherine Webb, a former Miss Alabama, in the stands.

“You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,” Musburger, 73, said. “What a beautiful woman.”

“Wow!” his partner, Kirk Herbstreit, said.

“Whoa!” Musburger added.

“A.J’.s doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa,” Herbstreit said.

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

As the game progressed, the camera continued to find Webb, as did thousands, including Darnell Dockett, on Twitter. 

On Tuesday, ESPN responded to the commentary:

“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.”

Webb, who also fought off the advances from Dockett (he tweeted her his phone number) on Twitter, said TMZ she was not bothered by Musburger’s comments.

“I laughed hysterically,” she told “I was flattered … and slightly embarrassed … but I thought it was the funniest thing ever. I never expected that.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · January 8, 2013