Gayle King has graciously accepted rapper Snoop Dogg‘s apology, 2 weeks after he called her a “dog face b*tch” over her remarks about Kobe Bryant‘s 2003 sex case.
Snoop was forced to publicly apologize twice after he was threatened by no less than Barack Obama‘s former national security advisor, Susan Rice.
King, 65, came under fire when she interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and asked her if Bryant’s alleged rape case affected his NBA legacy.
Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.
Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.
By asking Leslie those probing questions, King was simply doing her job as a well-respected journalist.
Snoop, 48, released a video, dragging King and threatening to “come get” her.
The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., later backtracked in a half-hearted apology video, saying he meant no harm to King.
But that wasn’t enough for King’s influential and powerful friends. They reminded the aging rapper that, with one phone call, they could end his career and send him into early retirement.
Snoop Dogg issued another video statement on Wednesday, this time he apologized profusely to King. He claimed his elderly mother made him see the error of his ways.
“Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma,” he captioned the video. “2 wrongs don’t make it right time to heal… @gayleking Peace… n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids.”
In the video, Snoop Dogg said he “overreacted”. “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…. 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.”
After enduring death threats and heavy public criticism for 2 weeks, King issued a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday, saying she accepted Snoop Dogg’s apology.
“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” she said.
“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
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