Snoop Dogg has claimed his rant about TV journalist Gayle King was about “respect”, after she raised the late NBA star’s 2003 sexual assault case days after he and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash.
Snoop believed King, who was interviewing Bryant’s close friend, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie was being disrespectful towards Bryant, after she said his legacy was “complicated” because of the sexual assault case. The Los Angeles Lakers star reached an out-of-court settlement with his accuser and the case was dropped.
In a video posted on Instagram, Snoop warned the newcaster to “back off b***, before we come get you.”
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A short time later, King’s best friend Oprah Winfrey said the journalist was getting death threats. Snoop received a heavy backlash from figures including CBS News President Susan Zirinsky, who called his threats against King “reprehensible”. Former national security advisor Susan Rice, a friend of King’s, told the rapper to “back the f*** off”. Snoop later apologised.
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People arrive to attend the “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles
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