WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rapper Snoop Dogg had berated CBS‘ Gayle King for asking whether Kobe Bryant’s legacy had been complicated by a rape accusation.
- But Snoop’s seemingly threatening remarks quickly drew backlash from several big names on social media.
- Snoop later clarified that his previous remarks weren’t a threat and were only meant as a reminder to respect Kobe’s family and legacy.
Rapper Snoop Dogg has posted a new video to clarify his previous remarks that appeared to threaten CBS‘ Gayle King.
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The controversy began after a clip showed a “CBS This Morning” interview in which King asked WNBA star Lisa Leslie, “It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge, which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?”
King was referring to the late Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case, which was dismissed after his 19-year-old accuser refused to testify on Sept. 1, 2004. Bryant had released a public apology acknowledging that the woman did not view their sexual encounter as consensual. He later settled a civil lawsuit with her.
Snoop Dogg, a longtime friend of the NBA legend, joined LeBron James and 50 Cent in berating King for her question.
Snoop posted an Instagram video last week, saying, “We expect more from you Gayle. Respect the family and back off, b—-, before we come get you.”
His seemingly threatening remarks quickly drew backlash from several politicians, entertainers, and athletes on social media.
On Saturday, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky declared the network’s support for King and described any threats against any journalist as “reprehensible.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also stood up for King in a Twitter post that read, “For those threatening her and inciting violence, stop it immediately. This is unacceptable. We must do better.”
Meanwhile, King expressed her anger with the network for distributing the interview clip that was taken “out of context.”
Snoop clarified his remarks in a new Instagram video, saying, “Here’s a message for the people that need to know. 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.”
The rapper continued, “Now, with that being said, do I look like I would want any harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that. I don’t want harm to come to her and I didn’t threaten her. All I did was said, ‘Check it out: you outta pocket for what you’re doing and we’re watching you. Have a little bit more respect for Vanessa, her babies, and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.’”
Bryant passed away on Jan.26 in a helicopter crash that killed all nine passengers on board, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Source: FOX News