Several celebrities have expressed disappointment in CBS correspondent Gayle King, who recently questioned WNBA star Lisa Leslie about late basketball player — and Leslie’s close friend — Kobe Bryant and his 2003 sexual assault charge. Rapper Snoop Dogg has been the most vocal against King, and has now been joined by incarcerated comedian Bill Cosby, who tweeted from behind bars that he believes black women are being used to target successful black men.
“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,” Cosby, 82, wrote. “Are these people that are 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.”
Cosby went on to add the hashtags #ThankYouSnoopDogg, #BetOnBlackLegacy, #StopTearingDownBlackMen, #EnoughIsEnough, #KobeLegacyLivesOn, #GiannaLegacyLivesOn, #MichaelJacksonLegacyLivesOn, and #BillCosbyFarFromFinished.
King slammed her own network for distributing the “out-of-context” clip and said she plans to hold a “very intense” conversation with CBS News executives.
“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” King said in an Instagram video. “I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry.”
Cosby is serving a three-to-10-year sentence for his 2018 conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand.