Broadcast journalist Gayle King has been receiving a lot of backlash after asking a question about Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault charge during a recent interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie.
Several celebrities have expressed their disgust with King’s decision to rehash a case that was settled in 2005.
Rappers Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Boosie Badazz have been some of the most vocal against King’s questions and comments regarding the case.
Recently Bill Cosby voiced his disappointment with the interview also. The incarcerated comedian tweeted from behind bars that he feels it is sad that Black women are being used to target successful Black men.
“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,” Cosby, 82, wrote. “Are these people that are in need of fame, ratings and/or money? On behalf of myself, Camille and my family, thank you, thank you and thank you. My heartfelt prayers are with Kobe and his family, as well as with Michael Jackson and his family. May their legacies live on forever.”
Cosby went on to add the hashtags #ThankYouSnoopDogg, #BetOnBlackLegacy, #StopTearingDownBlackMen, #EnoughIsEnough, #KobeLegacyLivesOn, #GiannaLegacyLivesOn, #MichaelJacksonLegacyLivesOn, and #BillCosbyFarFromFinished.
King responded to the backlash saying she was surprised and upset that her network released an “out-of-context” clip of her interview with Leslie.
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” King said in an Instagram video. “I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry.”