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Why Gayle King violated journalism ethics by asking about Kobe Bryant’s past

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 16: Gayle King attends Hearst’s Frank A. Bennack, Jr., in Conversation with CBS’s Gayle King at The Paley Center for Media on Oct.16, 2019, in New York City. (Photo credit: Ron Adar)

Gayle King continues to be under fire after questioning WNBA legend Lisa Leslie about the 2003 rape case against Kobe Bryant.

Leslie was playing for the Los Angles Sparks when she met Bryant, who was an 18-year-old rookie with the Lakers.

During her interview with Leslie on “CBS This Morning,” King asked if Bryant’s rape case would tarnish his legacy. As King continued to press Leslie on the topic, Leslie remained calm, saying, “I just never have ever seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”

The charges eventually were dropped in Bryant’s case, but he settled with the alleged victim.

In terms of her handling of the interview, King — an award-winning journalist with decades of experience — crossed ethical lines.

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A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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