BY Kaelan Deese
Snoop Dogg apologized on Wednesday for a previous statement that appeared to be a threat directed toward CBS News anchor Gayle King after she raised the subject of the late Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations in a recent interview.
“Two wrongs don’t make no right,” the-48-year-old rapper said in his video message on Instagram. “When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.”
Snoop said that he “publicly tore down” King by coming at her in a “derogatory manner” that he admits was fueled by anger from King’s interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Snoop said the interview upset him because Bryant is no longer alive to defend himself against the sexual assault allegations.
“Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you,” Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., said in the initial video posted last week.
In his latest video, the rapper said that he “overreacted” and “should have handled it differently than that.”
“I was raised better than that,” he added. “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.”
Former national security adviser Susan Rice responded to the initial video, tweeting, “Gayle King is one of the most principled, fair and tough journalists alive. Snoop, back the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come against an army. You will lose, and it won’t be pretty.”
Bryant was accused in 2003 of sexually assaulting a Colorado hotel employee. The charges were later dropped after the employee declined to cooperate with prosecutors. She would eventually settle with Bryant outside of court, and Bryant acknowledged in an apology that the woman did not feel that their encounter was consensual.
King brought up that case in the interview with Leslie.
“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?” King asked Leslie.
“It’s not complicated for me at all,” Leslie replied. “I just never see, have ever seen him being the kind of person that would be, do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”
Oprah Winfrey said on NBC’s “Today” that people made death threats targeting King after the interview with Leslie.
King confirmed that she received death threats over the interview, and she was absent from “CBS This Morning” last Friday.
Joe Concha contributed.
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