Brent Musburger thinks Alabama QB A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katharine Webb, is pretty hot

Miss Alabama Katharine WebbYesterday’s BCS National Championship Game proved not to be much of a contest.  The Alabama Crimson Tide trounced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 42-14 win.  If you thought the news coverage the next day would center on the dominance of the Bama’ team, you thought wrong.  What has been all the talk today are the flattering expressions by one of the commentators towards the girlfriend of the Alabama QB.

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron is dating Miss Alabama Katharine Webb.  During the first quarter of the game the television panned to the girl and the QB’s mom.  At that point the announcer, Brent Musburger, gushed at the girl’s appearance. 

Here’s a video of what he said:

Musburger has caught a great deal of flack today for his comments.  ESPN released an apology today.

They write:

“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.”

Here’s my take:

I’m not sure if it’s because I am guy, but I don’t think what he said was that inappropriate.  He probably should have kept it to himself, but I don’t think what he said was perverted.  McCarron’s girlfriend is good-looking.  He simply complimented her.  Had he insulted her then I could see the outrage.

I’ve heard female commentators state that a guy is “good-looking” or a “hunk.”  Why is it okay for them to compliment a guy on their appearance?  Isn’t that a double standard?  I think Musburger probably should have kept his comments to himself because he is paid to comment on the game (albeit there didn’t seem to be much of one).  This isn’t a pageant after all.

I want to know, especially from my female viewers, if they found his comments inappropriate.

What do you think?

Were his comments inappropriate or even perverted?

Should ESPN have apologized?


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7 responses to “Brent Musburger thinks Alabama QB A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katharine Webb, is pretty hot”

  1. Nancy says :

    Musburger is suppose to report on the game not the people in the stands. Since Bama was romping over Notre Dame he had nothing else to comment on. Now it is all over the media & social networks. I’m tired of it.

  2. JF Owen says :

    The comments weren’t perverted, but they were inappropriate. It doesn’t even have much to do with what his job is or isn’t. Commentators often fill in the time with non-game related offerings.

    The problem is that he went over the line with her privacy. She attended the game as simply a fan and not in her capacity as Miss Alabama. If, when the camera trained on her, he had simply identified her as the quarterbacks girlfriend and mentioned that she was Miss Alabama before moving on to a different topic then I think that would have been fine. By lingering in his comments he invaded her privacy and probably embarrassed her. If she were my daughter, I’d want the apology and I’d want him to deliver it in person rather than in proxy via his employer.

  3. thelimberlawyer says :

    I don’t think what he said was perverted, but it was awkward! I was watching the game, and he lingered on her for an unnatural amount of time. She’s beautiful and anyone can see that, it was just a little bit too much, especially on ESPN.

    Your point about the double standard is well-taken. I think an older man ogling a woman feels more predatory to some people, and I think that’s because of the powerless position women occupied historically (and many women still occupy around the world). It is less threatening to men to be admired for their looks because it is less intimidating. Sexual violence, particularly as a means of political oppression, has been visited upon women much more frequently. Basically, I think people are just feeling protective of this young woman, and that at least is to be admired.

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