Social media is continuing to buzz about Gayle King’s line of questioning to Lisa Leslie while the two were remembering Kobe Bryant. In the recent interview for CBS, King brought up the 2003 rape accusations against Bryant, which were later dropped.
“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 asked Leslie.
“It’s not complicated for me at all… I have never seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way,” Leslie replied. “That’s just not the person that I know.”
“But Lisa, you wouldn’t see it though. As his friend, you wouldn’t see it,” King said.
“And that’s possible,” Leslie responded. “I just don’t believe that, and I’m not saying things didn’t happen. I just don’t believe that things [happened] with force.”
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Those responses from Leslie to the difficult, and perhaps inappropriate, questions from King have people applauding the former WNBA star.
“LOVE this part of her response: ‘I think that the media should be more respectful at this time. It’s like if you had questions about it, you’ve had many years to ask him that,'” one person said.
“Right on Lisa,” another said. “Only 1 accuser, not dozens. That tells us it wasn’t in his character. Probably a misunderstanding as Kobe was trying to be convert since he was already married! Then he learned & matured into a better husband, great father & philanthropist!”
“God bless Lisa. Very uncomfortable to watch what Gayle King was trying to imply,” a third wrote.
“Great job @LisaLeslie. You demonstrated so much empathy, and compassion for Kobe, his family and his legacy. God bless you,” someone else added.
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant,” King said. “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.
“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,” King continued, referencing the clip that was shared on social media by CBS.
“It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it. I started getting calls, ‘What the hell are you doing? Why did you say this? What is happening?’ I did not know what people were talking about.
“I really want people to understand what happened here and how I’m feeling about it,” she said. “I believe that Lisa was OK with the interview and I felt really good about the interview.”