As we previously reported, news correspondent Gayle King has received some backlash regarding a recent interview where she spoke to WNBA legend Lisa Leslie about her friendship with the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. During the interview, King brought up Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case that was dismissed.
Now, rappers Snoop Dogg, Lil Boosie, and 50 Cent have joined the myriad of people who have criticized King for bringing up what some say makes Bryant’s legacy “complicated.”
“Gayle King, you out of pocket for that [expletive]. Way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God. We the worst. We the [epletive] worst. We expect more from you Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We yo people,” Snoop Dogg said in a video that he shared on social media.
“You ain’t coming after [expletive] Harvey Weinstein asking them dumb [expletive] questions. I get sick of y’all. I want to call you one. Is it okay if I call her one? Funky dog head [expletive]! How dare you try to tarnish my [expletive] home boy’s reputation. Respect the family and back off, [expletive] before we come get you!”
“Gayle King, why the [expletive] would you ask some [expletive] like that, Lil Boosie askes In a video that he also uploaded to social media. “Ain’t that Oprah friend?” a woman asks in the background.
“I don’t give a [expletive] who friend it is. I don’t give a [expletive] if she’s some kin to [Barack] Obama or Oprah. Why the [expletive] would you do something like that? Why would you do that to your people? You know what people are going through right now. Why would you ask a [expletive] question like that trying to tarnish somebody’s image? You do that to your own black people,” Lil Boosie continued.
“You sad! I’m about to fire your [expletive] up! You said bro. Black people need to stop [expletive] trying to hurt black people for success. That’s the only reason you asked that [expletive] [expletive] for was to get your [expletive] numbers up. I don’t give a [expletive] who kin to!”
50 Cent took to Instagram and shared a video of King’s interview with Leslie while expressing his thoughts in the background.”It’s not complicated? You just said it was dismissed,” 50 Cent said over the audio. ” “No!” 50 Cent yelled while King asked Leslie if it was “complicated” again. “Then how would you see it, Gayle?” 50 Cent said. “How the [expletive] would you see it [expletive]?”
During King’s interview with Leslie, she asked the WNBA star if her relationship with Bryant was complicated due to Bryant’s 2003-2004 sexual assault charge that was dismissed.
“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie responded. “There are a few times where we’ve been out at a club at the same time. Kobe’s not the kind of guy. Never been, ‘Lisa, go get that girl. Or tell her or send her this..’ I have other NBA friends who are like that. Kobe, he was never like that. I have never seen him being the kind of person that would be-do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”
“But, Lisa, as his friend you wouldn’t see it,” King told Leslie.
“And that’s possible,” Leslie said. “I just don’t believe that. I’m not saying things didn’t happen. I just don’t believe that things did happen with force.”
On Thursday (Feb. 6), King took to social media and addressed the criticism that she had received for the interview. “I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified. I am embarrassed. and I am very angry,” King said in a video that was uploaded to Youtube.
“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. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know about it. I started getting calls.”