Russell Simmons Thanks the Public For Defending Kobe Bryant
“Let’s not allow any more negativity into our bubble of love.”
Last week, CBS anchor Gayle King faced a wave of backlash and death threats after an interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie.
Just days after Kobe Bryant’s death, King asked Leslie if Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case complicated her feelings about him. Celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Ari Lennox bashed King on social media.
Russell Simmons logged onto Instagram to express his support of those bashing King.
Simmons posted a video of him and Bryant, adding “A very sincere THANK YOU for ALL of those who spoke up to defend our brother. Let’s not allow any more negativity into our bubble of love. This man represented the very best of [what] we have to offer. He exuded happiness and was full of compassion. Most importantly, he was a loving family man and a ROLE MODEL for black men all over the world.”
In the wake of the interview going viral, King posted a video explaining that the clip was taken out of context. After a public response from former national security adviser Susan Rice, Snoop attempted to walk back his threatening comments.
“If I had only seen [the viral] clip,” King said, “I’d be extremely angry with me too,” King said. “My network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview…and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring.”