A Timeline of Snoop Dogg & Gayle King's Feud Over Kobe Bryant Interview Question

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Snoop Dogg performs at The Fillmore on Jan. 26, 2020 in Detroit. 

 

Snoop Dogg quickly rose to become one of the fiercest critics of CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King after she conducted an interview on Feb. 4 with WNBA star Lisa Leslie about her longtime friend and slain NBA icon and Los Angeles Lakers champion Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26 in a horrific helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna "GiGi" Bryant and seven others.

When CBS published a short excerpt of her asking the Olympic athlete about Bryant's 2003 rape case, the Long Beach-based rapper unleashed a social media tirade against her. 

Although the beef only lasted a week, Billboard recapped all that went down between these two after the release of the King-Leslie interview.

See below a full timeline of Snoop Dogg and Gayle King's short-lived squabble.

Feb. 6 - 50 Cent posts Snoop Dogg's video expressing his anger about the rape question aCBS This Morning interview.

"i apologize for his language in advance, to people who get distracted by words and miss the point," the rapper penned alongside a minute-long video on Twitter Feb. 6, two days after the interview clip aired on the same platform. Snoop is seen venting about how King was "way out of pocket" for asking Leslie about reconciling Bryant's controversial past. In 2003, the then-24-year-old basketball player was charged with sexual assault after an encounter with a 19-year-old woman at the time, but the case was dismissed the following year after the alleged victim decided not to testify.

The "Drop It Like It's Hot" artist decided to drop his two cents on the matter. "We expect more from you, Gayle. Don't you hang out with Oprah? Why y'all attacking us? We yo people. You ain't coming after f---ing Harvey Weinstein a-- with them dumba-- questions. I get sick of y'all," he said before hurling more expletives at the talk show host. "How dare you try to tarnish my motherf---ing homeboy's reputation?" 

 

Feb.  6 - Bill Cosby thanks Snoop Dogg for respecting "the image and legacy of successful Black Men."

Cosby shared a message of gratitude to the rapper while currently serving a prison sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. He grouped himself with Bryant and Michael Jackson, who's also faced a bevy of sexual abuse allegations himself that came to light in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, in a string of tweets that uses similar vernacular to Snoop in describing heralded black men's controversial repuations. 

"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," the 82-year-old The Bill Cosby Show star tweeted. "Are these people that 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."

 

Feb. 9 - Snoop Dogg clarifies he didn't threaten Gayle King with his searing criticism. 

Snoop posted his own video on Instagram when it was time to clear the air. The "P. S. A. From the peoples champ," as his caption indicated, explained that how he's not a non-violent person and wanted to speak on behalf of all those who felt King's interview question did not show respect toward the Lakers legend and his family.

"Now with that being said, what I look like wanting some harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that," he reasoned. "I don’t want no harm to come to her and I didn’t threaten her, all I did was said, 'Check it out, you outta pocket for what you doing and we watching you. Have a little more respect for Vanessa, her babies and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.'"

The video received a lot of validation from fellow artists, including Diddy, his son Quincy, Pharrell, Charlamagne tha God and T.I. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

P. S. A. From the peoples champ now carry on and be nice to others ------ KB8/24. --------

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Feb. 12 - Snoop Dogg publicly apologizes to Gayle King for calling her names and "just being disrespectful."

Snoop claimed he "was raised better" in the video explaining his frustration, but he really put those words into action after speaking with his mother and using the "two wrongs don't make a right" logic to confess he's sorry to King for slamming her with those debasing comments. 

"Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions, me being angry at the questions that you asked. Overreacted, should have handled it way different than that. I was raised better than that," he restated. "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."

Jamie Foxx commended Snoop for his move, commenting, "Big love bro. We all know where ur heart is. Your real day one s the niccah s that knew you back at VIP records in Long Beach... we love u dog." Emmy award-winning writer Lena Waithe, MC Lyte and MC Hammer also chimed in to congratulate Snoop for squashing the squabble once and for all. 

 
Feb. 13 - Gayle King accepts Snoop's apology.

“I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” King said in a statement to The Associated Press. She added that it was never her intention to add to the pain of those grieving Bryant's death.

“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” King added. “I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”

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