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Gayle King has been a well-respected journalist for decades, with the biggest celebrities in the world lined up and ready to share their stories. Her track record of straight-to-the-point and compassionate interviews has contributed greatly to why CBS This Morning remains a morning television powerhouse. However, a recent question asked to WNBA player Lisa Leslie is bringing all of that into question. 

When King questioned Leslie about her stance on Kobe Bryant's dismissed sexual assault charge, less than two weeks after his death, social media went into an uproar. Now she's attempting to clarify her statements. 

All hell broke loose this week when CBS This Morning's Gayle King interviewed WNBA icon Lisa Leslie. 

The longtime host of the morning show inquired whether Leslie felt conflicted about grieving her longtime friend Bryant. "It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?” she asked. Leslie responded in a manner that's now being praised saying, "It’s not complicated for me at all. There was a few times that we’ve been in a club at the same time. Kobe’s not the kind of guy — never been like, you know, ‘Lis, go get that girl, or tell her, or send her this.’ I have other NBA friends that are like that. Kobe — he was never like that." 

But King pressed on with two more questions. Finally ending the conversation when Leslie told her that she thinks "the media should be more respectful at this time. It’s like if you had questions about it, you had many years to ask him that. I don’t think it’s something that we should keep hanging over his legacy. I mean, it went to trial."

Social media erupted. 

Expletive filled tweets toward King took over timelines, with people angry that the seasoned journalist would bring up the topic all these years later. "Lisa Leslie hit it right on the head during that interview with Gayle King about Kobe," someone tweeted. “'You’ve had many years while he was alive to ask these questions' It’s so tasteless to wait until someone’s death to bring up accusations to tarnish their image. Gayle is disgusting."

And celebrities held nothing back. 

Social media woke up this morning to a passionate video from Snoop Dogg who called King a "funky dog-head b*tch" on his Instagram. The now-viral video has been cosigned far and wide, with attacks also being directed toward King's best friend, Oprah Winfrey. 

Now Gayle King is sharing her side of the story. 

She responded on Twitter with a two-part video, a response she said she was advised not to give. She says that the CBS network is to blame for posting the clip without appropriate context.  “I’ve never done one of these before ... but this was so important to me that I felt I had to say something. I don’t want to sit up on the set and read a prepared remark," she said. "I wanted you to hear exactly where I’m coming from and how I’m feeling and to let everybody know that no disrespect is intended.”

She says that she insisted that that part of the interview be included. 

She shared that she felt Leslie's powerful message to the media would hopefully put the questions to rest about the lawsuit years ago. She went on to say that she herself has shared warm memories with Bryant. “I have been with Kobe Bryant on many social occasions. He was very kind and very warm to me and I felt that we had a friendly relationship," she said. "I, too, am mourning his loss, just like everybody else. I still am shocked by it. It’s tragic and untimely, and the last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time. And I hope people understand that.”