I’m not a fan of ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger. I can still listen to him during a game, unlike plenty of other announcers who I think need to go, but I’d just as soon listen to about 25 other broadcasters. But that being said, I don’t have any particular problem with what he said about Katherine Webb, who is Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron‘s girlfriend, during the BCS National Championship Game last week.
After Webb was on camera and zoomed in on tightly during the game, Musburger said to his partner in crime, Kirk Herbstreit, “What a beauuuutiful woman. Wow! Whoa! You quarterbacks, you get all the beautiful women.” Webb is currently Miss Alabama.
Was it over the top? Maybe. But all the grief he’s getting for it, and the statement from ESPN apologizing for what he said is really unnecessary. ESPN must get tired of apologizing for its on-air talent. They just recently had to apologize for comments made by Rob Parker, one of their talking heads, saying that quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, isn’t “black enough.” Parker is black, and since his comments has lost his job at ESPN.
Nobody at ESPN apologized in December when football talking head Merrill Hoge called NY Jets back-up quarterback Tim Tebow “phony as a three-dollar bill.” That seems more out of line than saying a pretty woman is pretty.
I mean, Musburger pretty much made the same type of comments a few years ago during an FSU game when the cameraman zoomed in on co-ed Jenn Sterger. At the time, Musburger said, “1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State,”and he didn’t get in any trouble. And Sterger wound up turning his comments into a TV “journalism” career and some pictures in Playboy. Plus, she was the alleged target of some NSFW texts from a lecherous former quarterback whom I’ve vowed never to mention on this site again. But again, Musburger’s comments were not out of line.
Maybe the producers of the games Musburger’s working need to stop zooming in or spending so much air time on pretty girls, and he’d keep out of trouble.
Or maybe if he isn’t talking lewdly about the women or harassing them or sending them salacious texts, people should just relax.
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