The veteran sportscaster understands that he 'went too far,' the network said in a statement.
NEW YORK — ESPN issued an apology after veteran sportscaster Brent Musburger went over the top while complimenting Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's beauty-queen girlfriend.
As the camera lingered on 23-year-old Katherine Webb sitting in the stands during Alabama's Monday night thrashing of Notre Dame, Musburger, 73, could barely contain himself.
"You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women," Musburger fawned. "What a beautiful woman."
He also suggested that kids in Alabama "start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop" — presumably to score a girlfriend as good-looking as Webb — and at one point simply exclaimed "Whoa!"
"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 said Tuesday in a statement.
"However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that," the statement continued.
Webb became an Internet celebrity before the game even ended, garnering more than 200,000 Twitter followers and Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett's phone number — which he accidentally tweeted publicly instead of in a private message.
Webb told TMZ that she wasn't creeped out by Musburger’s remarks.
"I laughed hysterically," she said. "I was flattered ... and slightly embarrassed ... but I thought it was the funniest thing ever. I never expected that."
As for the backlash against Musburger, she said, "If I were to see him I would say, 'I don’t think you're creepy at all!'"
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