Gayle King accepts Snoop Dogg apology, says it was never her intention to add to pain over Bryant’s death
CBS News anchor Gayle King accepted an apology from Snoop Dogg after he appeared to attack her for raising the subject of the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s rape allegation in an interview.
“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” King told The Associated Press.
Last week, the 48-year-old rapper launched epithets at King, calling her a “funky dog head bitch,” and accused her of holding Bryant to a double standard.
“I was raised better than that,” Snoop Dogg said in his apology, days later. “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.”
Snoop Dogg also mentioned in a video on Instagram that “two wrongs don’t make no right.”
“When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” he continued.
King also told the wire service in a statement that it “was never her intention to add to the pain.”
Bryant died late last month in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a Colorado hotel employee. The charges were later dropped after the employee declined to cooperate with prosecutors. She eventually settled with Bryant outside of court.
King brought up the allegations in an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie.
“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?” King asked Leslie.
“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie replied. “I just never see, have ever 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.”
Oprah Winfrey confirmed on NBC’s “Today” that King was distressed, as the journalist received death threats after the interview, and she was absent from “CBS This Morning” last Friday.
“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.”
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