by G. Brown
“Nuthin’ but a G(for ‘Gayle King) Thang Rapper Snoop Dogg caved to public pressure on Wednesday issuing a very public apology to CBS Anchor Gayle King for attacking her on social media over an interview about Kobe Bryant.
In the interview with WNBA player and close Kobe friend Lisa Leslie days after his death, King pushed Leslie about 20-year-old rape charges against Kobe. Many Kobe fans were outraged that King would drag out a decades-old case that had been settled. No one was more outraged than Snoop who called King a “funky, dog-haired b**ch” and threatened “to come get you“. Since then every fan and celeb has weighed in on the beef including Bill Cosby who Snoop alluded to in one of his online tirades as being brought down by Black women in powerful media positions. Cosby said, “It’s so sad and disappointing that successful Black Women are being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men even in death.”
But some criticized Snoop went too far in his comments to King and argued that she’s a 70-year-old woman doing her job and didn’t deserve this level of condemnation. Others complained Snoop would never disrespect a White woman like Martha Steward this way and labeled the attack as misogynistic.
In his apology, Snoop says, “Two wrongs don’t make no right. When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.” Snoop continued saying, “So with that being said, Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions, being mad at questions you asked … 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 admitted that things kind of got out of hand and that he “never meant for it to be like that.” The rapper explained that he felt the need to speak up for and defend a friend who could no longer do so himself.
King’s interview with Leslie aired as friends and fans were still reeling in grief over the tragic helicopter that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers.
Snoop concluded his apology saying, “A lot of people look up to me and they love me … 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,”
Many applaud Snoop’s apology as sincere and transparent especially after that “Had a talk with my Momma” line which lets you know he talked with someone about the errors of his ways. Snoop handled his apology the right way…he didn’t serve up an ‘I’m sorry, but you….’ back-handed half-apology like so many celebrities do when the heat turns on them.
Still, some say Snoop didn’t owe King an apology and others are wondering if King will now woman-up and apologize for what they still consider a big mistake in the way she went after Kobe’s legacy.
Snoop is right and it’s truly time to heal, the ball’s in your court now Miss King…