Snoop Dogg has issued a follow-up video to his post last week calling out Gayle King for a question she asked WNBA player Lisa Leslie in an interview.
During an interview with Leslie about the legacy of her late friend, Kobe Bryant, King breached a sensitive topic by asking a question that stirred controversy about the basketball icon’s 2003 rape charge.
King received backlash for the interview clip on the internet, and several celebrities including rapper 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg lashed out. Bill Cosby, who was convicted in 2018 on three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home in 2004, also slammed King on Instagram and voiced his support for Snoop Dogg’s sentiment.
Snoop Dogg posted a video on Instagram and followed it up with several photos referencing his anger towards King.
“Hey Gayle. (expletive) u. Kobe was our superhero. (expletive),” he said. “How dare you try to tarnish my (expletive) homeboy’s reputation… Respect the family and back off (expletive) before we come and get you.”
In a new video posted Sunday, the rapper clarified his previous comments.
“I’m a non-violent person, when I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family,” he said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday.
He asked in the video if he looked like someone who would want harm to come to a 70-year-old woman. King is 65.
“I was raised way better than that,” he continued. “I don’t want no harm to come to her, I didn’t threaten her. All I did was said (sic), check it out – you out of pocket.”
The video was supported by other artists, including Diddy and Pharrell Williams, who both left heart emojis in the comment section.
Snoop Dogg wasn’t the only celebrity to comment on the controversy this weekend. Katie Couric also weighed in during and interview with Entertainment Tonight at Vanity Fair’s Oscars after-party Sunday.
“We’re living in very fraught times and I think that things explode. I think Gayle was really smart to make sure she put it in context,” Couric said. “I think it was a mistake, things get misunderstood, taken out of context and then they just explode at the speed of sound.”
“I think you just have to be extra careful, extra sensitive, and extra thorough about the material that gets disseminated in the world,” she added.
In a two-part video posted to Twitter last week, the “CBS This Morning” host discussed the controversy, pointing fingers to the network.
“If I had only seen the clip that you saw, I would be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring,” she explained.
In a statement to The Associated Press Sunday, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said “we fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist.”
“We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible,” the statement continued.
Contributing: Charles Trepany, USA TODAY