The intense backlash against Gayle King for her interview with Lisa Leslie last week is taking on a life of its own. Many people, including several celebrities, were upset with the “CBS This Morning” anchor for asking Leslie about Kobe Byrant’s 2003 rape case, which was later dismissed.
Snoop Dogg’s comments have gained the most attention as he seemed to threaten King in a video he posted to social media.
“We expect more from you, Gayle. Funky dog head bitch… respect the family and backoff. Before we come get you,” he said.
In response to that, and other comments directed at King, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky defended the anchor.
“We fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist,” Zirinsky told The Associated Press. “We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible.”
She added, “The interview with Lisa Leslie was comprehensive and thoughtful. We are a country where differences of opinion are welcome, but hateful and dangerous threats are completely unacceptable.”
“I just think that wasn’t even necessary,” he said. “You got Lisa Leslie, an all-star, a great player and Olympic gold medalist who actually grew with Kobe.”
“So it’s like it’s certain people that just wasn’t like that so in Lisa’s mind, she feel like, ‘Why you keep asking the question when the case was dismissed?'” Snoop continued.
“He wasn’t even guilty. So if it was that serious, and no disrespect to the victim, but if it was that serious—if you did that to me—I’m getting on the witness stand and I’m coming forth to make sure you go do some time. Period!”
“My thing was… that was 2003. Some of his kids wasn’t even born,” he said. “So, when you bringing that up you bringing information to them that they don’t need to know nothing about, you get what I’m saying? I’m thinking about them.”
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant,” King began. “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. “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.”