Jason Whitlock says ESPN made right call with Brent Musburger apology; ‘I know when lines are crossed’

Phew. The execs at ESPN must have been nervous as they watched the public react with amusement and disgust to “Creepy” Brent Musburger’s drool-covered appreciation of Miss Alabama Katherine Webb Monday night. That’s all behind them now, though. ESPN has apologized, and Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock approves.

When Whitlock says he knows when lines are crossed, he’s speaking from experience. After all, this is the writer who used Bob Costas’ half-time anti-gun tirade to springboard himself into the national conversation on guns, in which he called the NRA “the new KKK” but refused to “shuffle off to the Big House” of The O’Reilly Factor to “dance.”

Wait … the same person who praised Bob Costas for inserting a lecture on “gun culture” into a Sunday Night Football broadcast thinks that comments are best left for Twitter, not live TV?

We feel another “sports” column coming on. Before Whitlock starts typing up his thoughts on apologizing, though, one other matter:

  • Insubordinate

    Creepy Mussberger redlined the cringe meter. Why doesn’t HE apologize?

  • N3al

    How shallow. ESPN is placing the blame on Brent Musburger when the real culprit was the director. They’re making Brent M a scapegoat. Brent didn’t tell the cameras to get a shot of the girl and keep going back to her. That was all the director. I can hear it now: “uh..camera 10, give me a shot of the girlfriend. ok. camera 10, standby. brent, we’re going to the girlfriend now.” Brent M was just playing the hand that he was dealt. Too bad. The director is the one that needs to be fired. But even the media–who is fully aware of how live production works, is still putting the blame on musburger. I’m not a fan of his, but it sure isn’t fair the way they’re selling him out when he had very little to do with it. I could almost hear him during the breaks, “please give me something to talk about besides the girl!”

    The game was a rout and the director needed something to keep it exciting. and that ‘s the best they had.

    • Mian

      I agree. Also, I believe the BCS should apologize for promoting such a lobsided game and sportwriters everywhere should apologize for putting Notre Dame at #1.

      • Kevin Krom

        Best comment I saw about the game: Everyone said Notre Dame had an SEC-calibre defense. Too bad they forgot to mention it was Auburn’s.

      • Kevin Krom

        Best comment I saw about the game: Everyone said Notre Dame had an SEC-calibre defense. Too bad they forgot to mention it was Auburn’s.

  • kcast2011

    If Musburger has to apologize then let’s have all of the “Cougars” (old creepy women) apologize to all of the young men that they have called attractive.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Yeah, when someone crosses him in the buffet line, Whitlock definitely notices.

    Also, if we could keep Whitlock away from the transfats, we could reduce heart disease in America. #imserious

  • rinodino

    Whitlock always deals in sarc comedy. Come on twitchy you are better than this

  • stuckinIL4now

    I was gonna say that if anyone would know about crossing lines it would be Whitlock–but he himself beat me to it.

  • Marks2Cents

    So, we can’t say a beauty queen is beautiful? Unfortunately, Brent was guilty of being a red-blooded MAN in chickified Liberal America. F ESPN.

  • Marks2Cents

    So, we can’t say a beauty queen is beautiful? Unfortunately, Brent was guilty of being a red-blooded MAN in chickified Liberal America. F ESPN.

  • 2ifbyT

    She’s a babe, Brent recognized it. This neutering of the American male crap needs to stop.

  • 2ifbyT

    She’s a babe, Brent recognized it. This neutering of the American male crap needs to stop.

  • notenoughtime

    Whitlock is hardly the voice of reason. So what, Brent commented on a good looking woman. The feminists are up in arms because beauty and class is a sign of weakness in their militant minds. But no outrage when Kathy Griffin simulated oral sex on Anderson Cooper during a New Year’s telecast where children certainly were watching. Though hard to believe anyone watches CNN anymore if Griffin is touted as talent worth airtime along with the child like Cooper. Let’s face it the game was boring!

  • Sam Sham

    Tempest in a teapot. My wife watched the reporting of Musberger’s comments last night and said. “What’s the big deal. She IS beautiful, and I’d take it as a compliment, if he were referring to me.”
    (and BTW, my wife IS gorgeous, and I have no problem when other men notice and comment on her beauty.)