Bill Cosby, who is presently serving a 3-10 years imprisonment for a number of sexual assault-related crimes accused CBS News of plotting to destroy the late Kobe Bryant’s image. According to him, the network used an anchor known as Gayle King, to defame the successful legacy that Bryant left behind. This came after a controversial clip from an interview with King came to light. This clip sparked outrage among fans on social media as they could not understand why King would say such things about the basketball player.
Cosby also applauded the likes of Snoop Dogg on Instagram for not keeping quiet about the defamation from King. In the controversial interview, King openly asked Lisa Leslie about the rape accusations she made against Kobe Bryant in 2003. This question did not sit well with a lot of people as fans insisted that Bryant’s mourning family did not need that type of publicity.
Snoop Dogg was obviously furious when he took to Instagram to threaten King and warn her against accusing Bryant falsely.
Cosby’s anger, was towards CBS network as he could not understand why they had Gayle King asking such a question. In his Instagram post, he shared his views on the interview.
“It’s so sad and disappointing that successful Black Women are being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men, even in death. Are these people that in need of fame, ratings and money?” Cosby said.
He also went on to thank every true fan of Bryant and sent his love and prayers to the Bryant family.
Still speaking on legacies, Cosby remembered the great Michael Jackson in his post and said that both he and Bryant’s legacies will continue to live forever.
Similar to what is happening to Bryant now, Jackson’s name was dragged through the mud after his death. In 2019, ten years after Jackson’s death, two men came forward and accused the deceased of pedophilic activities, however, all the cases were dismissed. The Jackson family also noted that these were plots to tarnish the image of the singer even in death.
After the backlash and rants on social media from fans, King finally spoke out. She called out CBS for taking that clip out of context. According to her, the interview was a lengthy one, and that clip shared by CBS was not the full story.
CBS also responded in King’s defense.
“Gayle King conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview.” The network said.