#IStandWithGayle Trends after Gayle King Receives Death Threats For Raising Kobe Bryant Rape Allegations In Lisa Leslie Interview

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#IstandWithGayle trends after Gayle King receives death threats Dia Dipasupil/Getty

The hashtag, #IStandWithGayle has started trending following Gayle King, a host for CBS This Morning, receiving death threats for mentioning the late Kobe Bryant's sexual assault allegations during a recent interview with former WNBA champion Lisa Leslie.

This issue stemmed from the interview between the two, when King asked Leslie if she thought the 2003 rape allegations against Bryant complicated the NBA legend's legacy, and if the entire situation should be left in the past, or "is it really part of his history." Leslie answered by saying Bryant's legacy was not complicated by the allegations "at all," and that she does not think "it's something that we should keep hanging over his legacy."

.@WNBA legend @LisaLeslie told @GayleKing that Kobe Bryant's legacy is "not complicated" for her despite his 2003 rape accusation.

"I don't think it's something that we should keep hanging over his legacy." https://t.co/qj6MVvOaqX pic.twitter.com/9qtVORobLO

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 4, 2020

Following the interview, many criticized King, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who told her to "respect the family and back off b****, before we come get you."

Following the criticism, King explained her side of the story via Twitter, stating that many people took her question out of context since CBS News only posted the clip of that one question about Bryant to Twitter.

Additionally, Oprah Winfrey, who is a longtime friend of King, told Hoda & Jenna & Friends, that King "is not doing well," and has received "death threats." In response, many have used Twitter to express their support for King.

"As journalists, we often have to ask tough and uncomfortable questions. It's within your right to disagree. What's not okay is to threaten anyone with vile, hate-filled language and death threats. #IStandWithGayle, @GayleKing," Twitter user Janelle Burrell, an anchor for CBS News Philadelphia, wrote.

As journalists, we often have to ask tough and uncomfortable questions. It’s within your right to disagree. What’s not okay is to threaten anyone with vile, hate-filled language and death threats. #IStandWithGayle @GayleKing

— Janelle Burrell (@BurrellTV) February 8, 2020

"I stand with Gayle King and every woman threatened when she uses her voice. #IStandWithGayle," Twitter user Athena wrote.

I stand with Gayle King and every woman threatened when she uses her voice. #istandwithgayle

— Athena (@NMandile) February 10, 2020

"2 be clear #IStandWithGayle it's not all right to threaten @GayleKing or anybody because u don't agree with them. The comments & videos being played r not ok. But it's not too late to make a different choice," wrote Twitter user Erika Alexander, a former actress on The Cosby Show.

2 b clear #IStandWithGayle it’s not all right to threaten @GayleKing or anybody bcause u don’t agree w them. The comments & videos being played r not ok. But It’s not 2 late to make a different choice. So make a different choice. Xo. e. #lovetakesaction #standwithblackwomen

— Erika Alexander (@EAlexTheGreat) February 10, 2020

"I stand with @GayleKing and a disgusted that @CBS would edit a long-ranging interview to make her come across as insensitive and brutal. Ms. King is one of the few journalists left with integrity and fact-based reporting. Shame on CBS #IStandWithGayle," Twitter user Lisa wrote.

I stand with @GayleKing and a disgusted that @CBS would edit a long-ranging interview to make her come across as insensitive and brutal. Ms. King is one of the few journalists left with integrity and fact-based reporting. Shame on CBS. #IStandWithGayle

— Lisa 🧢 (@lisa_habig) February 8, 2020

"#IStandWithGayle CBS took an isolated section out of Gayle's wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie and posted it, out of context. I have mad respect for Gayle, her honesty, integrity & talent," Twitter user Brad Bessey wrote.

#IStandWithGayle CBS took an isolated section out of Gayle’s wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie & posted it, out of context. I have mad respect for Gayle, her honesty, integrity & talent. Gayle addresses the criticism honestly & directly in this post. Please listen. 🌞 https://t.co/rXiOzRAnMG

— Brad Bessey (@BradBessey) February 7, 2020

"This is despicable. 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," Susan Rice, a National Security Advisor and United Nations Ambassador, wrote on her Twitter.

This is despicable. 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. https://t.co/nUxcYCLS62

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) February 8, 2020

In addition to fans supporting King, Snoop Dogg has also since posted a new video to Instagram, explaining his views on the situation and the apparent death threats King received.

"I'm a non-violent person," Dogg said in his video. "When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful to Kobe Bryant and his family. Now with that being said, what I look like wanting harm to come to a 70-year-old woman, I was raised way better than that."

"I didn't want no harm to come to her, I didn't threaten her," he added. "All I did was say, check it out, you out of pocket for what you doing."