Snoop Dogg Criticizes Gayle King for Mentioning Kobe Bryant's Sexual Assault Charge in Interview: 'What Do You Gain From That?'

Rapper Snoop Dogg took to Instagram Wednesday night to criticize CBS This Morning host Gayle King after she brought up Kobe Bryant's sexual assault charge during an interview with former WNBA champion Lisa Leslie.

"Gayle King, you're out of pocket for that s***," Dogg said in his Instagram video. "Way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? We expect more from you, Gayle. Don't you hang out with Oprah [Winfrey]? Why are you all attacking us? We're your people. You ain't come at Harvey Weinstein asking those dumb a** questions."

He continued: "I'm sick of y'all. I want to call you one, is it okay if I call her one? Funky doghead b****. How dare you try and tarnish my homeboy's reputation, punk motherf*****. Respect the family and back off b****, before we come get you."

Dogg's comments come just days after King interviewed Leslie, who was a longtime friend of Bryant's. During the interview, the two were discussing Bryant's legacy in regard to a sexual assault charge that was dropped in 2004. Bryant, who died January 26 in a helicopter crash, was accused of rape in 2003 by a 19-year old woman in Colorado. The case was later dismissed because the woman refused to testify.

"It has been said that his legacy is complicated because of the sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, a WNBA player?" King asked Leslie.

"It's not complicated for me at all," Leslie answered. "I just have never seen him as being the kind of person that would do something violating to a woman or be aggressive in that way. That's just not the person I know."

King went on to ask if speaking about the charges were fair, "considering that he's no longer with us and that it was resolved, or is it really part of his history?" Leslie responded that she thought "the media should be more respectful at this time" and that she does not think "it's something that we should keep hanging over his legacy."

Prior to Dogg's comments on Wednesday night, King received significant backlash from fans across social media, with many making points similar to the ones in Dogg's video.

In addition to Dogg and other fans who criticized King's questions, fellow rapper Boosie Badazz took to Instagram to share his thoughts. "Gayle King, why the f*** would you ask some s*** like that?" Boosie said. "Why the f*** would you do something like that? Why would you do that to your people? Why would you ask a question like that, trying to tarnish somebody's image?"

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Following the wide array of criticism, King released a two-part video to Twitter addressing her interview's questions and other information surrounding the situation.

"I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I'd be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry," King said in her video. "Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context, and when you see it that way, it's very jarring."

King added that she was "advised to say nothing" but felt that wasn't "good enough."

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"CBS This Morning" host Gayle King has received criticism for mentioning Kobe Bryant's sexual assault charge in a recent interview. Dia Dipasupil/Getty

She went on to discuss the different aspects of the interview and why she asked the questions about Bryant's sexual assault charge in the first place.

"I reached out to Lisa because I know that she's a longtime friend of Kobe's, to talk about his legacy and their friendship. We had a really wide-ranging interview, talked about many things—his career, his passion, his sense of humor, the way he was mentoring other people, how he was starting his next chapter. It was wide-ranging, and yes we talked about that court case because that court case has also come up," King added in her video.

"I wanted to get Lisa's take on it as a friend who knew him well. What she thought, where that should stand, and I thought it was very powerful when she looked me in the eyes, as a member of the media, to say it's time for the media to leave that alone and to back off. During the course of the interview, I asked follow-up questions because I wanted to make sure her position and perspective was very clear," King continued.

In the second part of her video, King said she talked to Leslie on Wednesday night and "believed Lisa was OK with the interview." King went on to address the network's decision to put out that specific portion of the interview.

"For the network to take the most salacious part, when taken out of context, and put it up online, for people who didn't see the whole interview, is very upsetting to me and is something I'm going to have to deal with them," she said.

Update, 02/06/20, 3:21 p.m.: This story has been updated to include a statement from CBS News regarding the excerpt of King's interview with Leslie that was released by the new outlet.

"Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made," the spokesperson wrote.