CBS network anchor, Gayle King, has been in some hot water recently as a result of her controversial comments made on Kobe Bryant. Speaking with the WNBA legend, Lisa Leslie, King decided it was a good idea to bring up the past sexual assault allegations on the now-deceased Bryant, despite the fact that no criminal charges were held and the matter was resolved in civil court.
Since the comments, though, King has attempted to defend herself, saying her words were taken out of context in the interview. However, people aren’t buying it, especially countless African American celebrities who have taken to social media to condemn her words.
#GayleKing #OprahWinfrey About time there was an even playing field, theres 2 sides to every story yes, so practice what you preach!
Interview the white perpetrators while they're alive, how about that?? Instead of waiting for people to die to lynch them! https://t.co/DFxjHxLaUu
— Joe (@jo12jo12) February 7, 2020
Perhaps the first high profile African American to come after her was the legendary rapper, Snoop Dogg, and did he have some words for King.
In the CBS network interview, King asked Leslie, “It has been said that his legacy is complicated because of the sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, a WNBA player?”
For Snoop, King’s comments were hypocritical and seemed to indicate an ongoing narrative of television hosts going after black individuals, while staying mum on the white ones that have been alleged to commit similar or worse crimes, like Harvey Weinstein, who is currently in court for allegations of multiple sexual assaults.
In a series of Instagram posts, he viciously attacked King for her comments on Bryant and her hypocrisy for not going after other people like Weinstein.
— Harrison Coleman DRE# 02070522 (@RealHarrisonC) February 7, 2020
In his Instagram rant, Snoop began, “Gayle King, out of pocket for that s–t, way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God, we the worst, we the f–king worst. We expect more from you, Gayle, don’t you hang out with Oprah?”
“Why you all attacking us, we your people. You ain’t coming after f–king Harvey Weinstein asking him dumb-ass questions. I get sick of you all …,” Snoop’s rant continued. “I wanna call you one … Funky, dog-haired bitch, how dare you try and tarnish my motherf–king homeboy’s reputation, punk motherf–ker.”
“Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you,” he concluded.
Why Gayle King even bring this up. Like Lisa Leslie said, the trial was years ago and everyone had chances to ask questions. She wrong to bring it up now when Kobe ain’t here anymore. #SnoopDogg #fuckGayleKing #RIPKobeBryant https://t.co/pzSd7wB7BE
— Christian Robledo (@Robledo_0108) February 6, 2020
NBA All-star and current Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James, who had a very close relationship with Kobe Bryant before his untimely and tragic death, had some input, although, not directly attacking King for her comments on the Black Mamba.
James’ comments were more supportive of Leslie, who had to endure dealing with the inappropriate question from King during the interview. In response to King’s inquiry of the alleged sexual assault by Bryant, Leslie responded by saying, “Even if there’s a few times that we’ve been at a club at the same time, Kobe’s not the kind of guy, never been, like, ‘Lis, go get that girl, or tell her, or send her this.’ I have other NBA friends that are like that. Kobe, he was never like that.”
LeBron praised Leslie’s comment by going to his Twitter account and sending a message to the former WNBA player. “Protect @LisaLeslie at all cost! You’re a real Superhero!! Sorry you had to go through that s*%#!!! We are our own worse enemies! #Mamba4Life,” James wrote.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 6, 2020
And apparently being locked up behind bars doesn’t preclude someone from being able to use social media as the former comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, who himself is in prison for sexual assault, sent out tweets condemning King and the narrative of attacking successful black men, as well as, thanking Snoop for this support.
“@Snoopdogg When they brought me to my gated community and placed me inside of my penthouse, they didn’t win nor did they silence me. 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,” Cosby said.
“Are these people that in need of fame, ratings and/or money? On behalf of myself, Camille and my family, thank you, thank you and thank you. My heartfelt prayers are with Kobe and his family, as well as with Michael Jackson and his family. May their legacies live on forever,” he concluded.
Snoop – when they brought me to my gated community and placed me inside of my penthouse, they didn’t win nor did they silence me. It’s so sad and disappointing that successful Black Women are being used to tarnish… https://t.co/7fGNHIzXSH
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) February 6, 2020