QB's Girlfriend: ESPN's Fawning Not 'Creepy at All'

But network says Brent Musburger got a little carried away over Katherine Webb

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 6:31 PM CST

(Newser) – If you haven't heard the name Katherine Webb today, you missed a lesson in instant celebrity-making. Webb, also known as Miss Alabama, is the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron, whose team won the BCS title last night. But Webb's celebrity turn began early in the game when ESPN cameras found her:

  • Brent Musburger: "Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women," the 73-year-old announcer said. "What a beautiful woman. Wow!" The cameras went back to her again and again as her Twitter following grew.
  • ESPN: "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."
  • Webb: "It was kind of nice," she tells AP. "I didn't look at it as creepy at all. For a woman to be called beautiful, I don't see how that's an issue."
  • Twitter: As of this evening, the 23-year-old Webb had more than 180,000 followers. She had a few hundred before the game.

This June 3, 2012, file photo shows Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, competing in the swimsuit competition.
This June 3, 2012, file photo shows Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, competing in the swimsuit competition.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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