Alabama beauty queen Katherine Webb to ESPN's Brent Musburger: No apology necessary
Katherine Webb, the former Miss Alabama who became the breakout star of the BCS National Championship game after TV cameras repeatedly focused on her in the stands, told the Today show that ESPN doesn't owe her any apologies for commentator Brent Musburger's remarks.
Photograph by: ', '
Katherine Webb, the former Miss Alabama who became the breakout star of the BCS National Championship game after TV cameras repeatedly focused on her in the stands, says that ESPN doesn't owe her any apologies for commentator Brent Musburger's remarks.
"I think the media has been really unfair to him," Webb told the Today show's Matt Lauer. "I think if he had said something along the line of we were hot or sexy, I think that would be a 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."
As Webb watched her boyfriend, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, lead the Crimson Tide to a 42-14 rout over Notre Dame for its second consecutive national title on Monday, ESPN's Musburger said: "You see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, but she's also Miss Alabama and that's AJ McCarron's girlfriend. You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow. If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the back yard with pops!"
In the furor that followed the 73-year-old Musburger's comments, Mike Soltys, ESPN's vice president of communications, issued an apology.
"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."
But even Webb's parents feel that Musburger has unfairly been made to take too much heat over the matter.
"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 he was trying to say, he was trying to be complimentary, and I think they need to give Brent a break," Alan Webb told Fox TV in Atlanta.
Webb, who's been dating McCarron for about a month, also told Lauer she's been taken aback by all of the attention.
"I'm honestly really shocked that it really took off like that," she said. "I think that we need to draw back our attention to who the real winners are and that's the Alabama football team ... they won their second national championship and that's such an accomplishment."
Her modesty notwithstanding, it's clear Webb's model good looks have captured the attention of many people.
In addition to a skyrocketing Twitter following, she's also now been offered a job by Donald Trump. "We are going to ask Katherine Webb to be a judge at the Miss USA Pageant coming up in Las Vegas," he tweeted.
Webb has responded: "@realDonaldTrump Good talking to you today..I know me and @10AJMcCarron are looking forward to coming to #NYC soon!"
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun