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Snoop Dogg Apologizes for Attacking Gayle King

Snoop Dogg on a red carpet.
Snoop Dogg at the Queen & Slim premiere. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Rapper Snoop Dogg has apologized on Instagram for comments he made about journalist Gayle King after the death of Kobe Bryant. In an interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, King asked about the sexual assault charge Bryant faced in the early aughts, in a clip that CBS used to promote her interview. Snoop Dogg didn’t take kindly to that, and posted a video to Instagram in which he threatened King and called her a “funky dog-head bitch”:

Gayle King. Out of pocket for that shit. Way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God, we’re the worst. We’re the fucking worst. We expect more from you, Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why’re y’all attacking us? We’re your people. You ain’t coming after fucking Harvey Weinstein asking them dumbass questions. I get sick of y’all. I wanna call you one. Is it OK if I call her one? Funky dog-head bitch, how dare you try to torch my motherfucking homeboy’s reputation, punk motherfucker? Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you.

Unsurprisingly, Snoop’s post led to death threats for King; equally unsurprisingly, it led to backlash from black celebrities ranging from King’s friend Oprah Winfrey to former national security adviser Susan Rice. But according to Snoop, it was his mother who finally convinced him that he’d made a mistake. Snoop posted a public apology on Wednesday:

That does sound like a man whose mother just gave him an earful! Snoop’s original video is no longer on his Instagram page, but he hasn’t taken down the photos he posted of King hanging out with Harvey Weinstein, or the photo of Winfrey hanging out with Weinstein, complete with a caption suggesting that Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby were both innocent. That guy’s mom should maybe have another talk with him.

Here’s Snoop Dogg’s full apology:

Top of the morning, Big Snoop Dogg coming at you live and direct with a message. Two wrongs don’t make no right; when you’re wrong, you gotta fix it. So with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions, me being angry at questions you asked. Overreacted. I should have handled it way different than that. I was raised way better than that. 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. I didn’t mean for it to be like that—I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me, so I want to let them know that any time you mess up, it’s OK to fix it, it’s OK to man up and say that you were wrong. So I apologize. Hopefully we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day.