Snoop Dogg, a Lakers fan and friend of the late Kobe Bryant, has apologized to CBS News anchor Gayle King for his blistering criticism of her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie.
“Two wrongs don’t make no right. when you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” he said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
“So with that being said, Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions of me being angry at a question you asked. Overreacted,” he said. “I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful.”
In the interview with WNBA basketball player Lisa Leslie, King brought up Bryant’s 2003 rape charge. The criminal case against Bryant was dropped after his accuser refused to testify, although the woman filed a civil lawsuit which was settled out of court in 2005.
“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge,” King said to Leslie, who was friends with Bryant.
“How dare you try to tarnish my boy’s reputation. Respect the family and back off. before we come get you,” Snoop told King in a video that was posted to Twitter.
But his comments were among the most inflammatory and seen as a threat. Oprah Winfrey, King’s best friend, said that King was “not doing well” and getting death threats because of the interview.
An avalanche of support came in for King. Her defenders included former Obama security advisor Susan Rice, the head of CBS News and award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who said the Black men who attacked King “should be better”.
“Black men, perhaps more than other men, have some inkling of what it’s like to have a body that can be taken for someone else’s pleasure,” Coates wrote on Instagram. “We did not calmly express our dislike of the question. We were too weak for that. We threatened. We dragged. And we attacked. It’s wrong. We should want more. We should be better.”
“Maiysha Kai deconstructed the explicit misogyny in Snoop’s response to Gayle and the tens of thousands of digital and spiritual co-signs it received,” author Damon Young (“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker”) wrote for The Root.
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In Wednesday’s post, Snoop Dogg said he’d had a talk with his mother that set him right. He offered a full apology.
“I didn’t mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t there to defend himself,” he said.
He also said that he knows he is seen as a role model.
“Anytime you mess up, it’s OK to fix it, it’s OK to man up to say that you’re wrong,” he said. “I apologize. hopefully we can sit down and talk, privately.”
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