The past 2 days have been a whirlwind when it comes to the living. The fact is Kobe, Gianna and seven other individuals are no longer with us. Their families are left to morn their loss alone once the cameras go off. Can any of you even imagine what these families are going through? What could it possibly be like to be Vanessa Bryant who lost her husband and her daughter? How do the families of John Altobelli, Kerri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobyan and Christina Mauser feel about their family members being lumped in as the “seven other victims”?
Those questions are why what Gayle King did was so unsettling and irresponsible. She tried to pass the buck off to “someone” at CBS uploading that snippet after the interview already aired. She mentioned the video was out of context. King provided a number of reasons. She even mentioned how she would feel if she saw the video the way the public did. “I know that if I had seen the video that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too” said King. That is the most telling part of this. If that line of questioning is moved to any other part of that interview it’s going to come off the same way. It’s going to feel abrupt, accusatory and like gotcha journalism.
Lisa Leslie handled her questions masterfully. She kept her composure even after she was blindsided. Leslie spoke facts, protected her friend and delivered a clear message. This three time WNBA MVP rose to the occasion with class and grace.
Here are five reasons why she remains the MVP.
She never once shied away from the question.
She kept her poise.
She spoke her truth and shared the impression of the man she knew Kobe to be.
She looked Gayle directly in her eyes and told her that the “media” (another word for Gayle) should be more respectful at this time.
She shut it all down when she reminded Gayle that the case was dismissed and it should stay there.
It takes a real friend to fend off an attack against you and your family in that manner. We should all be so lucky to have one friend like that.
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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are not about that social media life. Oprah visited Hoda and Jenna on “Today” and spoke about her best friends condition after the response she has received following her interview with Lisa Leslie.
King pressed Lisa Leslie about Kobe’s legacy and how his sexual assault case would tarnish it. The internet went ballistic. Snoop cursed her out and got a tweet from Bill Cosby who is in prison thanking him for it.
King has since apologized but it has essentially fallen on deaf ears. When asked how her best friend was doing Oprah said “She is not doing well, because she has death threats and has to travel with security and she’s feeling very much attacked. “ Oprah continued “Bill Cosby is tweeting from jail. She feels like she was put in a really terrible position because that interview had already ran.”
Gayle King is not immune to the power of the internet and sound bytes. Yesterday an interview she did with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie went viral. King asked Leslie about Kobe’s legacy and her thoughts on his 2003 assault case. The internet did not take to kindly to her questioning and went ballistic on her.
King felt a lot of this heat and took to her instagram today provide clarification. She put the responsibility of her network CBS. King also mentioned that it was take out of context. She shared if she would have seen that clip first she would have been upset too.
Gayle King interviewed WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie on “CBS This Morning” about her 20 year friendship with Kobe Bryant who recently passed away with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash a week ago.
Leslie smiles when she talk about her friend and remembers him for the love of the game. She speaks to his fanaticism of Jordan and how that helped to shape him as a player. Leslie also touched on the idea of Gianna Bryant making it it to the WNBA. Leslie mentioned that Kobe would reach out to her and say “She got it” with regard to his daughters talent level. “She was gonna be in the WNBA” said Leslie.
The conversation then took an abrupt turn when King mentioned the legacy of Kobe and how it was complicated in light of his 2003 rape trial. Leslie was very adamant that she believes that anything that happened with that situation “didn’t happen with force”. King pressed but Leslie stood her ground.
Take a look at some of the interview in the video below.