Snoop Dogg Apologizes to Gayle King for “Being Disrespectful”

The rapper publicly apologized to King, after he criticized her for bringing up Kobe Bryant’s rape case during a recent interview.

Snoop Dogg has apologized to Gayle King after posting an Instagram video criticizing her for questions she asked during an interview about Kobe Bryant’s rape case.

The rapper said he “overreacted” adding, “I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful.” 

Snoop posted a scathing Instagram video last week after CBS This Morning tweeted a clip from King’s interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, who was a close friend of Bryant’s. King brought up Bryant’s 2003 rape case during the interview and asked Leslie if it was “complicated” for her as a woman. 

In response to the interview clip, Snoop said “back off, b***h, before we come get you,” in defense of the late Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January, along with 8 other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. 

“I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions of me being angry at a question you asked,” the rapper said in his apology video. “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.” 

After the clip was posted, King recorded her own response to the backlash on Twitter saying the clip was taken out of context. 

“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 jarring,” King said last week. 

In a TODAY show interview, Oprah Winfrey teared up when asked about King’s controversial interview saying her longtime friend had received death threats because of the clip. King has yet to respond publicly to Snoop’s apology. 

Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a hotel employee in Colorado in 2003. The charges were dropped after the victim was unwilling to testify in court. At the time, Bryant insisted the interaction was consensual.