Brent Musburger made headlines after he shared his opinion of an Alabama football player's girlfriend during ESPN's broadcast of the 2013 Discover BCS Championship.
During a break in action, an ESPN cameraman showed Katherine Webb sitting near Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's mother in the stands—Musburger shared his admiration of her with his viewing audience.
Here is what Musburger and his co-broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit said during that broadcast.
Musburger: Now, when you're a quarterback at Alabama...you see that lovely lady there. She does go to to Auburn, I'm gonna admit that. But she is also Miss Alabama and that's A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, OK? And right there on the right is Dee Dee Bonner, that's A.J.'s mom. Wow, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow! Whoa!
Kirk Herbstreit: A.J.'s doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa.
Musburger called her a "lovely lady" and a "woman." He never called her a "chick," a "hottie" or anything that might have the slightest sexual connotation, yet many people were upset with Musburger's remarks.
Webb is, after all, drop dead gorgeous so Musburger is just stating the obvious. Webb is also a model who won a contest that judges a woman's beauty—surely she knows she is beautiful. Plain women don't enter beauty contests, do they? She's probably heard how beautiful she is her entire life, and yet somehow, when an elderly man comments on her beauty, ESPN has to apologize?
Apparently, that answer is yes. ESPN spokesperson Mike Soltys issued this statement of apology.
"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's twitter account jumped from 562 followers to over 75,000 followers after that broadcast—how many of those followers are men? And how many of those men follow her only because she's the girlfriend of an Alabama quarterback? Probably not many.
Admit it guys, you're following her because she's "hot." You've probably clicked on her avatar at least 10 times since that camera showed her mug on your high-def flat screen television screen. You may even have had momentary fantasies about her, yet Musburger is the creepy old man? What about the rest of the guys out there?
They chimed in as well, but weren't nearly as respectful as Musburger.
In fact, other athletes hit on Webb after her instant moment of fame occurred on ESPN. Apparently, it's OK to hit on another man's girlfriend, but if a man over 70 years old comments on her good looks, it's ogling. What about younger males? Is it OK for them to ogle young women?
In that same video, a young boy in an Alabama jersey sitting near Webb appeared to be staring at her. He may be a relative or—if you ask most men—he may happen to be the luckiest little boy in the world, but I'm fairly sure that if a dad noticed his son staring at the fairer sex, he'd be pretty damn happy about it. That's cute, right?
Why, it's even worth bragging about.
"That's my boy," would surely be murmured by every dad whose son had ever gazed at a beautiful woman. Or at her breasts.
I'm not sure why ESPN felt the need to apologize over Musburger's remarks, but I do find it odd that the cameraman kept panning back toward her. Should he apologize for staring at her through a camera lens too? Isn't that kind of creepy?
If we're going to be objective, let's face the fact that Webb was never referred to in inappropriate terms, was never treated like a sexual object, nor was she disrespected by Musburger.
Granted, Musburger probably did elaborate a bit too much with his "wow" and "whoa," but other than giving me a slight case of the willies, I found nothing in his verbiage for which he should apologize. Sometimes a stunning woman will make men lose their senses—plenty of men lost their senses on twitter and referred to Webb in explicit and sexual terms yet they never apologized for their tweets. Instead, they railed on Musburger.
At 73 years old, Musburger still appreciates a good-looking woman. Good for him. Maybe some younger men are just jealous of that.
Brent Musburger is apparently a normal, healthy male who momentarily lost his senses over a beautiful young woman but still managed to be respectful to her—he gave her nothing but compliments.
If that idea is still creepy to an America who makes Keeping Up With the Kardashians a top-rated television show, then it truly is a hypocritical America.