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Katherine Webb says ESPN apology for Brent Musburger wasn’t necessary

A.J. McCarron also kissed his girlfriend after Alabama won the national title. (David J. Phillip / AP)

As far as former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb is concerned, ESPN doesn’t owe her an apology for Brent Musburger’s appreciative remarks about her as she watched her boyfriend, A.J. McCarron, and Alabama win the national championship Monday night.

“I think the media has been really unfair to him.” Webb said on the “Today” show. “I think if he had said something along the line if we were hot or sexy, I think that would be  little bit different.

“The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t think any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that. I appreciate it, but at the same time I don’t think I needed an apology.”

ESPN cameras repeatedly showed Webb during the 42-14 blowout of Notre Dame and Musburger, 73, was duty-bound to say something.

“You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,” Musburger 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.

Webb and McCarron met on Twitter and have been dating for about a month. Her Twitter following quickly jumped to over 220,000 during the broadcast.

“We always try to capture interesting storylines, and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback,” Mike Soltys, ESPN’s vice president of communications Mike Soltys said. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far. Brent understands that.” 

Webb, said she hoped that the focus now is back on “the real winner,” the Crimson Tide. Her parents agreed with her that it’s time to cut Musburger some slack.

“On one hand, you can look at it as being kind of like the dirty old man, but I’m used to this and I think if you really look into what that he was trying to say, he was trying to be complimentary, and I think they need to give Brent a break,” Alan Webb said in an interview with Atlanta’s Fox affiliate.

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Her mother, Leslie, told that her daughter was surprised by her skyrocketing fame.

“I watched the whole thing!” she said. “I was amazed at what was going on as soon as her picture came up on the screen our phones just lit up. We checked out her Twitter, and it was flooded within seconds. We were in awe of it.”

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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 9, 2013