People are still incredibly upset with King, because Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and many said King’s questioning was way out of line.
King has since blamed her network CBS for only showing the part about the sexual assault charge to promote the interview, which the network responded to and admitted wrongdoing.
“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of [a] sexual assault charge, which was dismissed in 2003, 2004,” King said to Leslie during the sit down. “Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?”
A lot has happened since that interview, and some might say things have gotten extremely ugly.
Because in an Instagram post uploaded Thursday, Snoop Dogg went on a curse-filled rant against King, which he’s since been condemned for.
“I wanna call you one. Is it okay if I call you one? Funky, dog-haired bitch,” said Snoop. “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.”
One of the people who called out Snoop for his words was television personality Marc Lamont Hill.
“The word for today is ‘nuance,'” he tweeted on Wednesday. “You can have a critique of Gayle King — though folk should actually watch the whole interview — AND hold Snoop accountable for the misogynistic way he engaged her.”
Bill Cosby, who was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 and sentenced to three to ten years in prison, also chimed in and thanked Snoop for his message on Instagram. But it’s not clear if it was Cosby who wrote the message or someone from his team.
50 was asked about King mentioning Bryant on Wednesday at the New York Premiere of ABC’s “For Life,” which he executive produces, and the rapper said the questioning didn’t make sense.
“I didn’t understand what the goal is at that point,” 50 told the interviewer. “She knows what Kobe means to the actual culture at the same time. Like they knew what Michael Jackson meant. I just don’t know what you’re trying to do when the men are dead.”
“The legal system couldn’t deal with it,” he added. “What are you supposed to do? Publicly convict him? Is that the idea? Now is it justice or is it revenge? … It’s all public opinion now.”
50 went on to make another point from there.
“Everyone is greater in their absence than they are in their presence, right?” he asked. “So they gonna keep playing with people that’s not here, and it’s gonna f–k them over, because people are going to start to not like them in an intense way for doing that, ’cause it’s just not the right thing to do.”
“Facts,” someone wrote under a clip of 50’s interview.
“Best celebrity and mature response to this situation!” another person tweeted.