Gayle King has come under fire for asking WNBA legend Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case during an interview following his death in a tragic helicopter accident, with rapper Snoop Dogg leading the charge with a harshly-worded video reply to King on Instagram.
He said the CBS personality was "outta pocket" and wondered what she gained from asking such questions.
"We expect more from you Gayle...Why ya'll attacking us? We your people," the hip hop icon added, "You ain't coming after f*cking Harvey Wesinstein asking those dumba** questions. How dare you try to tarnishing my motherf*ckin homeboy's reputation."After seeing the backlash online, King posted her own response on Twitter saying she understands why some people are angry, and she would be too if she just saw a clip of that question being asked. A
"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," she said in the video.
After the clip started circulating online, King says she started receiving calls, and at first she had no clue what they were referencing. The TV personality calls the clip of her asking Leslie about Bryant's sexual assault case "jarring" on its own.
King claims to have no knowledge that editors would post the interview that way, and says she is upset with the network for posting the "most salacious part" online and out of context.
The This Morning host says her discussion was a "wide-ranging interview" that included Bryant's career and mentorship in his post-NBA life, but the charges came up because "that court case has always come up."
Overall, King says the response of the interview has been positive and that Leslie herself was "OK with the interview." She was adamant that there would be an "intense discussion" with the network about posting the clip out of context.
The 65-year-old then recalled the occasions she had met Bryant and described him as "kind" and "warm," adding that she is in mourning over his loss as well.
"The last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time and I hope people understand that," King said.
As reported on The Inquisitr, King mentioned Bryant's legacy during the interview and asked Leslie, if it was "complicated" for her "as a WNBA player."
The women's hoops legend was quick to defend Bryant.
"It's not complicated for me at all," she replied to King.
Leslie then told King that she had never seen Bryant act aggressive towards women.
"That was just never the person that I know," she added.