“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge,’ King asked. ‘Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?”
Leslie, who was friends with Bryant for decades, responded:
“That’s just not the person that I know.t’s not complicated for me at all. 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.”
King’s line of questioning brought out options on both sides of the issue on social media, especially from rapper Snoop Dogg, who posted a series of posts on Instagram attacking King and her best friend, Oprah Winfrey. He used pictures of the two of them with white accused abusers like Harvey Weinstein and the captions read:
“We waiting. When. Or is it only blacks that y’all wanna interview and try and tarnish they reputation over accusations f-ck both you hoes on behalf of the whole hood u b-tches not with us. Gayle and Oprah been on billsh-t so f-ck y’all and y’all super powers FDHB-tch”
“We waiting. Gayle. When is that interview gonna air”
“W.T.F. is this another one it’s adding up now y’all not with us”
In a post directed at Winfrey, Snoop calls out her association with Harvey Weinstein, and mentions Bill Cosby.
“Did that fake a– Michael Jackson sh-t to tarnish his name with them lying a– kids and here she is with a known rapist smiling and laughing. F-ck u and Gayle. Free Bill Cosby.”
In response to Snoop’s outburst, King defended herself, claiming that the clip had been taken out of context to put “the most salacious part” online.
“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.”
Still, the damage had been done.
Somehow, Bill Cosby heard about Snoop’s defense and had his social media team respond despite being in prison.
“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 the image and legacy of successful Black Men, even in death. 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.”