Snoop Dogg sorry for outburst over Bryant
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.