The loss of Kobe Bryant has elicited a lot of discussions globally about the superstar.
It has also ignited a feud straight out of WorldStar Hip Hop after Gayle King chose to use Bryant's death to remind the public that the former NBA star had been accused of sexual assault in 2003, while interviewing WNBA Champion Lisa Leslie after Bryant's death.
“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?” King asked.
“It’s not complicated for me at all. I just have never seen him as being the kind of person that would do something violating to a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person I know.”
While King's choice to "go there" has resulted in tons of backlash toward the anchor, none was more pronounced - and possibly more in violation of several media sites' terms of service - than Snoop Dogg's, who took to Instagram to publicly berate, insult and threaten King.
"Gayle King, out of pocket for that shit, 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."
He then continues, insulting King before threatening her: “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.”
This video of Snoop threatening @GayleKing is disgusting— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 7, 2020
Referring to Gayle he says: "Funky dog head bitch…respect the family and backoff. Before we come get you.”
Seeing very few people defending Gayle...I know that if she were a white anchor she would have much more support pic.twitter.com/nPopk7uuBb
Snoop's message was titled “P.S.A. Let the family mourn in peace” and has racked up millions of likes since it has been published. more than 1.1 million likes.
King has also responded:
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and 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.”
Maybe that double standard Snoop was complaining about makes some sense after all...