The controversy began after CBS posted a clip of King questioning former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about the rape allegations levied against Kobe Bryant in 2003. In response, Broadus released an Instagram clip bashing King for allegedly disrespecting Bryant’s legacy.
“Hey, Gayle. (expletive) u. Kobe was our superhero. (expletive),” said Broadus in the video. “How dare you try to tarnish my (expletive) homeboy’s reputation. It also appeared like he was threatening her when he warned King to “back off b—h before we come get you.”
LeBron James, 50 Cent and Vivica Fox are just a few of the bigger names who commented on King’s interview, which she stated was taken out of context by the editors. The criticism launched against Snoop was due to his comments being among the most vicious attacks against King. Oprah Winfrey had come out against the critical nature that was being used against King.
Among those who came to the defense of King was former national security adviser Susan Rice, who gave Snoop a warning of her own. Rice tweeted, “This is despicable. Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”
In a follow-up Instagram post, Snoop gives a response to the criticism. “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. Now with that being said, what do I look like wanting some harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that.”
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