Snoop Dogg sorry for out­burst over Bryant

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Snoop Dogg apol­o­gized Wednesday to Gayle King, lead an­chor of “CBS This Morn­ing,” af­ter crit­i­ciz­ing her over a re­cent in­ter­view in which she brought up a 2003 rape al­le­ga­tion against Kobe Bryant.

Last week, King was sub­jected to a so­cial me­dia back­lash in which the an­chor’s crit­ics pointed to an ex­cerpt from her in­ter­view with Lisa Les­lie, a for­mer WNBA star and a long­time friend of Bryant, posted on the “CBS This Morn­ing” Twit­ter ac­count.

The ex­cerpt fea­tured King and Les­lie speak­ing ex­clu­sively about the rape al­le­ga­tion against Bryant, who died in a he­li­copter crash with his daugh­ter and seven other people Jan. 26.

Among those crit­i­ciz­ing King af­ter the in­ter­view last week was Snoop Dogg, who said in a sincedelet­ed In­sta­gram video, “Why you at­tack­ing us?”

“Re­spect the fam­ily and back off,” he added, us­ing ob­scen­i­ties to de­scribe King in a video viewed more than 1 mil­lion times.

But Wednesday, Snoop Dogg apol­o­gized in an In­sta­gram post, say­ing that he had “over­re­acted.”

“I pub­licly tore you down by com­ing at you in a deroga­tory man­ner based off of emo­tions of me be­ing an­gry at ques­tions that you asked,” he said in the video.

“I should have han­dled it way dif­fer­ent than that,” he con­tin­ued. “I was raised way bet­ter than that, so I would like to apol­o­gize to you pub­licly for the lan­guage that I used and call­ing you out of your name and just be­ing dis­re­spect­ful. I didn’t mean for it to be like that. I was just ex­press­ing my­self for a friend that wasn’t here to de­fend him­self.

“I apol­o­gize,” Snoop Dogg said.

King says she ac­cepts Snoop Dogg’s apol­ogy, and the CBS an­chor says she’s sorry that her in­ter­view last week added to the pain of people griev­ing Bryant’s death.

“I ac­cept the apol­ogy and un­der­stand the raw emo­tions caused by this tragic loss,” King said in a state­ment.

She said it was never her in­ten­tion to add to the pain.

“As a jour­nal­ist, it is some­times chal­leng­ing to bal­ance do­ing my job with the emo­tions and feelings dur­ing dif­fi­cult times,” King said. “I don’t al­ways get it per­fect but I’m con­stantly striv­ing to do it with com­pas­sion and in­tegrity.”

King crit­i­cized CBS last week for how it had pro­moted the 5 ½-minute in­ter­view by us­ing a 94-sec­ond video clip in which King asked Les­lie about a woman’s 2003 sex­ual as­sault ac­cu­sa­tion. The crim­i­nal case was dropped, and Bryant reached a pri­vate set­tle­ment with his ac­cuser. CBS News later said it had mis­han­dled the promotion.

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