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Commentator in hot water for ogling player's girlfriend during broadcast

Yahoo!7 January 9, 2013, 10:38 am
Commentator in hot water for ogling player s girlfriend during broadcast

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Sports network ESPN have been forced to apologise over the actions of commentator Brent Musberger for fawning over the girlfriend of star quarterback AJ McCarron on live television.

On the biggest day in US college football, the BCS Championship, ESPN's broadcast showed several shots of McCarron's partner, Katherine Webb. Musberger could hardly contain his excitement.

"You see that lovely lady there," Musberger started.

"Wow, I'm telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow! Whoa!

"If you're a youngster at Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops."

Webb, an Auburn University graduate and winner of Miss Alabama 2012, became an overnight sensation after the broadcast.

She gained over 100,000 Twitter followers within a few hours, eclipsing her boyfriend. McCarron even had to fend off other players on Twitter who were openly making a move on her.

There were mixed reactions to the commentary. ESPN released an apology saying Musberger, 73, "went too far" in referring to Webb, 23.

"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," ESPN spokesperson Mike Soltys said.

"However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that."

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  1. Jeffrey06:36pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    @Colin- you are a champion- said what i was thinking....hehe

  2. Jeffrey06:32pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    political correctness- she is beautiful and the old guy said that, not anything extreme like commenting on her bodyparts for example....relaxxxx people, it'll do your blood pressure some good to calm down; storm in a teacup.....

  3. TJ03:11pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    That's what breasts are for to be ogled at??????????? Seriously????? Did you just say that????? And you wonder why this behaviour is a problem? Breasts are NOT to be ogled at... they are for feeding our young babies. Oh wait that's right... you cant do that anymore, you need to feed them from a bottle... well I guess breasts are useless. I cannot believe the American (and for that matter my fellow Australians too) society has gone down to this level. You actually think this is acceptable behaviour?

  4. TJ02:51pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    1 1 Sandmacker06:20pm Wednesday 09th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse Is a man not allowed to be a man anymore ? Well I guess the answer depends on your definition of a man then doesnt it. If you want to be a man that is demeaning and sexist then go right ahead but dont come to my house. I actually thought these attitudes went out in the days of racism. As far as I am concerned women ALL need to be respected and treated accordingly. Oh yeah and did anyone tell the value you are setting on women and girls who arent as good looking (and dont have the budget and support people she has). Are they worthless ?

  5. TJ02:47pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    teandbikkies04:39pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse Never mind the ten year old kid sitting next to her, staring. EXACTLY I am sure he doesnt think he is doing anything wrong.

  6. TJ02:45pm Monday 25th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    oh yeah and for all the comments about my comments, how about you consider what your reaction would be if it was your sister or GF and some old guy was saying that stuff about her in the street. Tell me you wouldnt have a negative reaction? huh? and if you wouldnt then there is definitely something wrong with your general respect for the female gender and members of your "family" which I include gfs and finaces.

  7. Joseph09:11pm Friday 22nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    have they got the right photo there ???????

  8. OzinChina06:44pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Has a sense of humor completely disappeared in America. If that was my girlfriend I would be proud to think she's on my arm. Toughen up Princess!! Jeeeez

  9. Peter M02:09pm Monday 18th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    have gun will travel (OH U YANKS)

  10. Mozza C12:59pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Nowhere near as good looking as the girls from the yahoo office.....