Katherine Webb didn't have a big problem with what Brent Musburger said about her looks during the BCS Championship Game, even though ESPN felt the need to apologize about it.
Musburger created the most interesting moment of the blowout between Alabama and Notre Dame when the ESPN cameras found Webb, who is Miss Alabama and Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, and McCarron's mother. Musburger, 73, commented about Webb's beauty and joked that boys in Alabama should throw the football around with their fathers because quarterbacks get all the beautiful women.
Appearing with Matt Lauer on "Today," Webb said she wasn't offended.
"I think the media has been really unfair to him," Webb said on NBC's morning show. "If he would have said something along the line of that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would have been a little bit different. The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don't see why any woman wouldn't be flattered by that."
ESPN apologized, saying Musburger's commentary "went too far," but Webb didn't think an apology was necessary.
"I don't think it was needed, honestly," Webb said. "Of course, I appreciate it. At the same time, I don't think I needed an apology."
We tend to agree. The same network that apologized for Musburger's comments made the decision to show Webb repeatedly during the broadcast. That doesn't quite add up.
Webb has handled her newfound fame (she went from a few thousand Twitter followers to a little more than 228,000 as of Wednesday morning) pretty well. She also seems to realize that there's something a little odd about her being the center of attention after her boyfriend and Alabama actually, you know, won a national championship. She talked about how Alabama's football players need to be the ones getting the attention.
"That's such an accomplishment," Webb said to "Today." "I'm flattered at all the attention, and I'm humbled, but at the same time I think we need to draw back our focus to who the real winners are."
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