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ABC journalist Gayle King has been heavily criticized for how she conducted her recent, Kobe Bryant-related interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie.

Many individuals, including celebrities, expressed their distaste with her choice to grill Leslie about her perspective on Kobe Bryant’s dismissed rape case from 2003.

One celebrity who took offense to King’s conduct in the interview is rap legend Snoop Dogg.  He posted this video to Instagram in response to the interview:

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

276.7k Likes, 14.2k Comments - @snoopdogg on Instagram: "P. S. A. From the peoples champ now carry on and be nice to others ???????????? KB8/24. ????????????????"

While Snoop is angry with Gayle King over how she conducted the interview, Mason has an interesting perspective on why Snoop is irritated.

Snoop isn’t angry because Gayle King asked the question.  He is angry because King’s responses to Leslie’s answers attempted to manipulate and push Lisa Leslie into making a controversial statement.

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When King asked Leslie about what she thought about the case, Leslie said that she had never seen anything like that in Kobe Bryant’s character, as his friend.

Rather than move on from that answer, though, King decided to press on.  She said “But Lisa, you wouldn’t see it though.  As his friend, you wouldn’t see it.”

With this statement, Gayle King basically said that Lisa Leslie’s testimony about Kobe Bryant’s character isn’t relevant, because she was his friend.  This actually suggests something darker: that Kobe Bryant was a person who hid a dark side of himself from the people closest to him.

Then, when Gayle pressed on, Leslie responded by stating that the media is out of line and disrespectful to bring it up now, when the media had seventeen years between the case and his death to ask those questions.  Leslie then noted that there was a court case surrounding it, and he wasn’t found guilty.

King’s response?  She said that the case was dismissed because the witness refused to testify; again invalidating Leslie’s answer, and suggesting that Kobe was, in fact, guilty, and that there were other factors that allowed him to get away with it.

Mason, as a person who has been in the media for over twenty years, considers this sort of truth spinning and manipulation is improper and highly unprofessional.

While the internet has been lit ablaze by this controversy, King popped up on Instagram a few days later to explain that she was horrified by the interview, essentially blaming her network for editing the footage in a way that made her look bad:

Instagram post by Gayle King * Feb 6, 2020 at 10:00am UTC

60.7k Likes, 14.6k Comments - Gayle King (@gayleking) on Instagram

Do you think this apology was genuine, and that ABC is likely to blame, or do you think that Gayle King crossed the line of journalistic integrity by even asking those questions?

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