We don't know for sure if lingerie model Margaret Wood was invited for an overnight stay by Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron when his girlfriend and former Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb, was away in June.
But one thing's for sure: This story is not going away.
Wood claimed she was invited to stay at McCarron's house when the two were hanging out on the night of June 8, according to Radar Online.
She also said, "I’ve kissed AJ, but it’s not a big deal," as well as this little nugget:
AJ and I are just friends. People are blowing this out of proportion. One, I’m not a porn model. Two, it’s just stupid. Why do people care. He should be able to do what he wants to do with friends. I should be able to do what I want to do.
On Friday, Radar Online came out with another story quoting Webb's mother, Leslie, as saying McCarron and the former Miss Alabama had broken up.
Later in the day, the same Radar Online report quoted a rep for Webb denying the Ken-and-Barbie couple had split: "AJ and Katherine have not broken up...The fact of the matter is Katherine is busy working (she is currently in NYC for a fashion shoot) and AJ is in the middle of the college football season on the #1 team in America.”
Margaret Wood: Also likes baseball (Photo: Jose Luis Photography)
If McCarron and Wood were hanging out on the night of June 8, perhaps they were simply playing crossword puzzles, or Monopoly or reminiscing about the day the two met at the Alabama-Ole Miss game last season, as Wood claimed. Who knows?
What is clear is that it has created unwanted attention for McCarron and Webb. Perhaps it has created unwanted attention for Wood, too, but I find that hard to believe. Even if she was "trying to be careful about what I say because I feel really bad," that doesn't explain why she said anything to Radar Online.
Will this become a distraction for AJ McCarron?
We've seen this all too often with professional athletes. It's become a running story, generally reserved for those at or near the top of their respective sport (Tiger Woods randomly comes to mind). Whether it's an athlete being unfaithful or simply using poor judgment associating with certain individuals, this story will never end. It just goes around and around, circling the sports world maniacally and not taking any prisoners.
Now, while McCarron and Alabama seek their third straight national championship, the football team and the Crimson Tide fans must be subjected to, well, whatever this is. And Webb can't go to SpikeTV's Guys' Choice Awards or a New York City fashion shoot without looking over her shoulder.
It never fails: As soon as athletes appear to be living a normal, happy life, there is always something that comes out of nowhere, threatening to destroy any sense of normalcy.