Clarence Spalding, President of CMA Board of Directors, issued a statement Tuesday evening (Nov. 7) defending Faith Hill’s behavior at the CMA Awards the night before. “Having been there, I can assure you that Faith was in no way being disrespectful of Carrie Underwood or her accomplishments,” Spalding said. “It was a playful moment caught on camera that has been blown out of proportion and taken out of context. Faith has always shown the utmost respect for country music artists and the CMA Awards. This inadvertent moment does not reflect who she is as a performer or a respected member of this community.” Hill’s manager also contends Hill was being “playful” when she appeared to be upset and storming out of camera range after Underwood won the award. Many fans interpreted the move as genuine anger, but Hill has denied any malicious intent.