ESPN has apologized for comments from commentator Brent Musburger about the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.
As previously reported, Musburger, 73, made his comments after the camera spotted McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in the stands during the BCS Championship Game. Musburger said, "You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women," and urged kids in Alabama to start playing football.
His comments drew a flood of responses on Twitter, including complaints that Musburger was objectifying Webb. Some commenters called Musburger — and ESPN — "creepy" and inappropriate.
"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," the network said. "However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”
After the incident, Webb’s Twitter followers skyrocketed. As of Wednesday morning, she had more than 210,000 followers.