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Can’t believe there was even a stupid “controversy” about this, but in a society obsessed with being “politically correct”, sure enough there were “feminists” who were fauxfended:
When you get bored, your eyes wander.
So when a blossoming blowout between the University of Alabama and some other team in Monday night’s college football championship floated into yawnfest territory, the electronic eyes of ESPN naturally went wandering — settling on a brunette bombshell who just happens to be the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron.
“Now when you are a quarterback at Alabama, you see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, I want to admit that, but she’s also Miss Alabama and that’s AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, OK,” ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger said Monday night as the camera focused on Katherine Webb in the stands.
“Wow, I’m telling you, quarterbacks — you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman,” he gushed. “Wow!”
As the chasm grew between Alabama and the other team — the name will surely come back to us soon — ESPN kept going back to the well, repeatedly showing Webb cheering in the crowd, wearing her boyfriend’s No. 10 jersey.
Finally, Yahoo! Sports columnist Jess Passan jokingly tweeted, “Sources: A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend to seek restraining order from Brent Musburger at halftime.”
Musburger’s fawning attention prompted a spate of criticism of the 73-year-old broadcaster, with some posters to Twitter calling his comments “creepy.” The episode even spawned the creation of a parody Twitter account, “Horny Musburger.”
CNN was not able to reach Musburger for comment through ESPN, but the network responded, saying: “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.”
Far from being creeped out, Webb said Tuesday that she was “flattered” by the broadcaster’s comments, entertainment website TMZ reported.
“I’ve been reading on Twitter that Musburger had backlash that he’s ‘creepy’,” TMZ quoted Webb as saying. “If I were to see him I would say, ‘I don’t think you’re creepy at all!’ “
Bravo to ya, gal.
In case you missed it – if you’re a guy, you probably didn’t! – here’s the video of Musberger’s gushing over Webb as the camera panned to her:
Nothing he said was obscene nor offensive (unless you are a perpetually outraged “feminist” who hates being a woman). He talked about how beautiful a beauty queen (hint hint!) was. No harm, no foul. And that should have been the end of the story.