UPDATED 2/14/20 11:52 a.m. ET: Gayle King has accepted Snoop Dogg's public apology following the rapper's online outburst attacking her for asking former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's 2003 sexual assault case.
"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss,” the journalist told NBC News in a statement. She also mentioned that she never intended to cause anyone pain while grieving the tragic loss.
The 48-year-old hip-hop legend was widely condemned last week for his profanity-laden and threatening attack on King. Snoop was responding to the journalist's recent Lisa Leslie interview, in which she asked the WNBA icon whether Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape case, which was ultimately dismissed, "complicated" his legacy. The sit-down was conducted about a week after Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
"Gayle King, [you] out of pocket for that shit, way out of pocket," Snoop said in the since-deleted Instagram video. "What do you gain from that? I swear to god, we the worst. We the fucking worst. We expect more from you Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We your people! You ain’t come after fucking Harvey Weinstein, asking them dumb-ass questions. I get sick of y'all."
In wake of the post, many people criticized Snoop for his harsh message, which was perceived as both misogynistic and violent. The rapper later claimed he never threatened King, nor did he want her to be harmed—he was just speaking out for everyone who believed her Bryant question was disrespectful.
On Wednesday, Snoop posted another video message for King. But this time, he expressed remorse.
"Two wrongs don't make no right. When you're wrong, you gotta fix," he said in the post. "So with that being said, Gayle King: I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions ... me being angry at questions that you asked ... Should have handled it way different that tha. I was raised better than that, so I would like to apologize to you publicly for that language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful."
Snoop went on to say that he was just sticking up for a friend who "wasn't here to defend himself." He also invited King to meet with him privately so that they may officially squash any grievances.
"A lot of people look up to me and they love and they appreciate me," he continued, "so I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it's OK to fix it, it's OK to man up and say that you're wrong."
Check out his full message below.