A legendary sportscaster's lighthearted comments about the girlfriend of a college football player sparked outrage and amusement on the Internet, and even prompted his employer to issue an apology.
While ESPN was covering a championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame Monday night, its cameras zoomed in on Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's 23-year-old girlfriend Katherine Webb.
Brent Musburger didn't waste any time telling viewers how he felt about Webb.
"You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women," he said. "What a beautiful woman."
After his co-host Kirk Herbstreit agreed, Musburger added: "If you're a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop."
The Wall Street Journal said the cameras continued to find Webb over the course of the game as "what was transpiring on the field became less and less interesting," and Musburger continued his "strong appreciation for her apparent charms."
In a statement, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said, "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."
Apparently, Webb wasn't offended.
"I laughed hysterically. I was flattered ...and slightly embarrassed ... but I thought it was the funniest thing ever, I never expected that," Webb told TMZ. "I've been reading on Twitter that Musburger had backlash that he's 'creepy'...if I were to see him, I would say, 'I don't think you're creepy at all.'"
Webb gained more than 122,000 Twitter followers in 24 hours.