Model Katherine Webb-McCarron came to the defense of her husband, Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback and former Alabama Crimson Tide star, AJ McCarron, who has been slammed in the media for criticizing his former coach Nick Saban and the Alabama football team.
Here’s what Webb-McCarron wrote in a post on Facebook after everyone was going crazy over what AJ said:
“Dear Bama fans:
We love Y’all so much! Don’t read into the crazy headlines some of the media puts out trying to get you to read their article for more traffic. Some of these twisted writers love to take a sentence out of someone’s interview and twist it out of context into something negative, when it wasn’t meant to be at all. AJ loves the team, coaches and players whole-heartedly. Heck, he even has it tattooed on his chest. lol It’s not over yet!! We support UA all the way till the end, no matter what.”
AJ McCarron, who won back-to-back national championships under Saban, told a Tuscaloosa radio show this week that his former coach might have put “handcuffs” on offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin during last Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.
He also said the current Crimson Tide team, which has only lost one game, lacks true leaders. (McCarron led his team to two losses last year. They ended with an 11-2 record when many thought they should have been playing for a national championship.)
McCarron’s shortsighted comments sparked a heated response from former Minnesota Vikings quarterback and NFL legend Fran Tarkenton. He jumped all over McCarron on WJOX-FM’s “The Opening Drive.”
“AJ McCarron, he needs to be quiet,” Tarkenton said. “He was so fortunate to play in that program. He’s an average quarterback at best. He couldn’t have played anywhere else but Alabama. And to make any kind of comment . . . it’s just disrespectful. He shouldn’t have made it, and he should keep his mouth shut (and) praise Saban and Alabama for the rest of his life.”
Social media blew up and that prompted Katherine Webb-McCarron to stand by her man.
Meantime, in this radio interview with Tide 99.1, McCarron said his original comments were taken out of context, but he said he also misspoke:
Webb and McCarron got married last July. She became an instant celebrity after cameras showed her cheering on McCarron during Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2013.
Webb appeared in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, landed a reality show and other modeling and TV gigs, predominately because she dated McCarron. She was a struggling model before the publicity from that game changed her life.
McCarron, a rookie, hasn’t taken a snap yet in the NFL as he recovers from an injured shoulder.