Snoop Dogg has issued a public apology to “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King for excoriating her online over her recent interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, in which King broached the 2003 sexual assault accusation against late basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
Snoop Dogg felt that King’s questions to Leslie, a longtime friend of Bryant’s, about the rape case came too soon after the death of the Los Angeles Lakers icon.
Snoop, a longtime Lakers fan and himself a friend of Bryant’s, was among many who angrily condemned King after a clip of the interview was posted online by CBS. In an Instagram video posted Feb. 5, the rapper told King to “respect the [Bryant] family and back off … before we come and get you.”
But he 48-year-old rapper was roundly criticized for his comments, which some said were misogynistic and incited violence against the journalist.
In another Instagram video posted Wednesday, he revealed he had a talk with his mother, who inspired him to make amends with King.
“Big Snoop Dogg coming at you live and direct with a message,” he said in the video. “Two wrongs don’t make no right. When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it. So, with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions … me being angry at questions that you asked.
“Ummm, overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that,” he said. “I was raised way better than that. So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful.”
King responded saying she accepted the apology and that she “doesn’t always get it perfect.”