Former national security adviser Susan Rice advised Snoop Dogg to “back the **** off” from CBS Information journalist Gayle King after the rapper slammed King for an interview she did about late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
King got here beneath assault on social media final week after a clip from a current interview she did with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie that included a query about Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault allegation went viral.
“We expect more from you, Gayle,” Snoop Dogg stated in an Instagram video final week. “Respect the household and again off, b—h, earlier than we come get you,” he added together with different disparaging remarks.
“We count on extra from you, Gayle. Respect the household and again off, b—h, earlier than we come get you.”
In response, Rice tweeted, “That is despicable. Gayle King is without doubt one of the most principled, honest and difficult journalists alive. Snoop, again the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come towards a military. You’ll lose, and it received’t be fairly.”
“Snoop, again the **** off. You come for @GayleKing, you come towards a military. You’ll lose, and it received’t be fairly.”
Oprah Winfrey stated Friday that King has received death threats and is now touring with safety.
In a later Instagram video, Snoop Dogg clarified that he’s a “non-violent” particular person, including he didn’t need any hurt to come back to King and he wasn’t threatening her. He stated he simply needs her to “have somewhat extra respect for Vanessa, her infants and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.”
CBS Information President Susan Zirinsky on Saturday referred to as any threats towards King “despicable.”
“We fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist. We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible,” she stated.
Snoop Dogg had joined with others, together with LeBron James, 50 Cent and even Bill Cosby, in criticizing King for asking Leslie whether or not Bryant’s legacy had been sophisticated by the accusation that he raped a girl at a Colorado resort in 2003. Bryant stated the 2 had consensual intercourse, and the case was thrown out when his accuser determined to not testify. Bryant later apologized for his habits and settled a civil swimsuit.
King referred to as the social media clip distributed by CBS from the wide-ranging interview “out of context,” including that she was “very offended” with the community.
Zirinsky stated the interview was “complete and considerate.”
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., additionally stood up for King.
“For those threatening her and inciting violence, stop it immediately,” he tweeted. “This is unacceptable. We must do better.”
MSNBC’s Willie Geist tweeted that “the threats against Gayle King for asking a fair question in the course of a long interview are absolutely disgusting. Gayle is one of the most thoughtful people in our business.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.