The Dogg bit too hard. Snoop Dogg publicly apologized to Gayle King on Wednesday after attacking her for asking about the Kobe Bryant rape case. After "a talk with my momma," the rapper realized he'd been "raised way better" than to respond in a "derogatory manner" based off of anger—which is apparently what he was doing when he called King a "punk motherf***er" and told her to "back off … before we come get you," per Variety. He also posted various insulting photos and memes about King before insisting he was a non-violent person, reports the Hollywood Reporter. "I didn't mean for it to be like that," the 48-year-old said Wednesday in a Instagram video, acknowledging that he "overreacted." He added: "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."
King became the subject of death threats after CBS aired a promo clip in which the journalist asked WNBA star Lisa Leslie about the 2003 rape case. Bryant was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado, though the case was dropped when the accuser opted not to testify. Bryant later settled a civil suit, maintaining that the sex was consensual, per NBC News. "If I had only seen the clip that you saw, I would be extremely angry with me too," King responded to the criticism that arose, saying the clip was taken out of context. Says Snoop Dogg: "I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself. When you're wrong, you gotta fix it." Author Ta-Nehisi Coates defended King on Instagram days earlier. "A lot of us f***ing lost it. We did not calmly express our dislike of the question," he wrote. "We should be better." (Read more Kobe Bryant stories.)