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Musburger: Webb Comments Were Not Inappropriate

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File photo of Katherine Webb. (credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

File photo of Katherine Webb. (credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The moral of the story behind Katherine Webb’s meteoric rise is Brent Musburger will say what he says and ESPN will do what it does.

Musburger, who has kept silent since ESPN apologized for his glowing admiration of Webb during the BCS National Championship Game, addressed the comments and the fallout that followed it for the first time recently. Being tracked down by TMZ at an airport, Musburger said his comments about Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron, were not inappropriate. When asked about the apology made from ESPN about the comments that seemed to make the story even bigger than what it was, Musburger’s answer hinted that he didn’t agree with how ESPN went about the situation.

“Individuals say what individuals say, and corporations do what corporations do,” Musburger told TMZ. “Obviously they felt it was the right thing to do.”

The play-by-play announcer said he hasn’t had the chance to reach out to the former Miss Alabama USA, but that he suspects their paths will cross soon enough.

“I’m sure at some time we’ll run into each other,” Musburger said. “I’ll smile, I hope she’s still smiling and I wish her nothing but the best.”

Webb’s rise has been one of the biggest side stories to come out of Alabama’s third national championship in four years. On Twitter, Webb’s total number of followers has spiked to more than 271,000 since Musburger’s comments more than a week ago. In addition to her increased social-media presence, her professional career has also benefited. She has recently accepted an offer to be in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue and is expected to cover the Super Bowl for “Inside Edition,” according to Yahoo! Sports.

Musburger said he doesn’t believe his comments helped launch Webb’s career.

“I think she already launched it,” Musburger said. “I don’t think she needed help from me.”

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