Rapper Snoop Dogg apologized Wednesday for insulting a famous TV presenter who brought up the former rape charge against basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died on January 26.
"I apologize," said the rapper on Instagram, regretting having "publicly demolished" CBS presenter Gayle King, and for being "disrespectful".
The controversy arose from an excerpt from a long interview conducted by Gayle King, host of the channel's much-watched morning show, with Lisa Leslie, one of the stars of WNBA, the North American women's basketball league. ball, and longtime friend of the deceased player.
"Why are you attacking us, your people?"
The extract, broadcast on Tuesday on the channel's Twitter account, is devoted to the rape accusation which targeted the Los Angeles Lakers player in 2003. Kobe Bryant died on January 26 in Los Angeles in a helicopter crash that killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
After the broadcast of the extract, Snoop Dogg, a big fan of the Lakers, went wild on Instagram. "What do you have to gain, why are you attacking us, your people?" he had launched to the black presenter of CBS, calling her "whore".
"I should have managed in another way"
In his message of apology, the rapper admits having reacted "excessively". "I should have managed in another way – I have been educated in a much better way. So I would like to apologize publicly, for the vocabulary I used and for calling you all the names , just being disrespectful, "said Snoop Dogg, who introduces himself as a friend of Bryant.
Since his death, references to allegations of sexual abuse dating back to 2003 concerning the world basketball star have aroused strong reactions from his fans. Gayle King received numerous death threats after his interview. The journalist herself criticized her channel for having unwittingly broadcast an extract "completely out of context" from her long interview.