Nearly three weeks have passed since the untimely helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others. The impact looms large across every walk of life, though not always in the most agreeable ways. Things got particularly heated recently after CBS posted a context-free interview clip showing Gayle King asking WNBA legend Lisa Leslie about the prior rape allegations made against Bryant. King's own anger at CBS was surpassed by Snoop Dogg's perceived-as-threatening rage against King on social media for touching upon that subject matter.
After initially only denying that his "before we come get you" phrasing was meant to be seen as a threat, Snoop Dogg took to Instagram with an apology for Gayle King for his actions. He kicked things off as such:
Two wrongs don't make no right. When you're wrong, you gotta fix it. So with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... me being angry at questions that you asked. Ummm, overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that.I was raised way better than that. So 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.
Snoop Dogg isn't so much pulling back on his feelings in the matter, or saying that he changed his mind about the questions being a wrong choice. However, he did acquiesce to his insulting and highly public posts about Gayle King being just as wrong, which only led to a subsection of each entertainer's friends and fans angrily calling the other side out. Whenever both Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby are part of the conversation, something went over the edge.
Continuing, Snoop Dogg offered a defense for the cause of his actions, if perhaps not the extent of them. (The influential rapper and game show host posted multiple memes angrily directed at Gayle King after his initial video outburst.) In his words:
I didn't mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me and they appreciate me, so I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it's okay to fix it. It's okay to man up and say that you're wrong. I apologize. Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day.
Snoop Dogg, who is heading to Bikini Bottom this year, also acknowledged the importance of showing his fanbase that going public with an apology to someone that's been wronged is taking the high road. It was arguably a strange time to make that declaration in such a way, but so long as the apology is sincere, it creates a potential launching point for Snoop and Gayle King have an amicable talk about the rapidly heightened lambasting.
It's worth noting that CBS had previously apologized for going public with the standalone clip. Let's not forget that it was just over a year ago when rumors were flying that Gayle King was possibly looking for an exit from CBS News, and though she obviously ended up staying, this kind of situation will possibly leave a bad taste in her mouth for a long time.
You can watch Snoop Dogg's video apology below.
Only time will tell if Snoop Dogg will be able to apologize to Gayle King in person, and it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if more people took the time to shower social media with apologies and remorse as opposed to impulsive takedowns. Since that probably won't happen overnight, though, fill your time with all the upcoming premieres across linear TV and streaming with our Winter and Spring premiere schedule.