Oprah Winfrey— TIME (@TIME) February
says her friend Gayle King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview question about the late Kobe Bryant https://t.co/t1tu1MszVP
Backstory: On Monday, CBS This Morning released a clip of Gayle King interviewing WNBA star Lisa Leslie. During the clip, Gayle asked Lisa, who was a friend of Kobe Bryant, if she felt that his 2003 sexual assault case complicated his legacy for her. Lisa said that it did not.
.@WNBA— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning)
legend @LisaLeslie told @GayleKing that Kobe Bryant's legacy is "not complicated" for her despite his 2003 rape accusation.
don't think it's something that we should keep hanging over his legacy." https://t.co/qj6MVvOaqX pic.twitter.com/9qtVORobLO
February 4, 2020
The interview sparked backlash against Gayle and Oprah. Celebrities including 50 Cent and Snoop Dog attacked Gayle on social media. 50 Cent said that what Gayle did was unfair because Kobe isn't around to defend himself.
Snoop actually posted a misogynistic video where he threatened Gayle and told her to back off “before we come get you.” Snoop took down the video but 50 Cent's hateful ass reposted it. Link to the video.
Yesterday, Lebron James also came out against Gayle and offered support to Lisa Leslie.
Oprah appeared on The Today Show with Hoda and Jenna this morning and said that Gayle is "not doing well." Oprah said that Gayle has received death threats and has had to hire extra security.
emotionally responds to backlash her friend Gayle King received over King’s recent interview about Kobe Bryant with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie: “She is not doing well because she has now death threats.” pic.twitter.com/M8HrCp8vTr
TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) February 7, 2020