Dogg - The Murder Trial
MTV: What was going through your mind at the time that
the jury was reading the verdict?
SNOOP: I left it in God's hands. That's why I looked
it, so stone-faced. I was just, I didn't have no expressions.
You know what I'm sayin'? It was all inner. I prayed
on it. My family prayed on it. David Kenner, you know
what I'm sayin', put on a bomb, bomb case. Donna Ray
and Marsha Morris, and Paul Paladino, the whole dream
team. They did what they were supposed to do, and they
gave the baton to the jury, and I couldn't do nothin'
but just bank on them and worry about what the outcome
was gonna be, as far as to just sit there and hold my
position, and to keep my head up high. And just, you
know, wait for the outcome.
MTV: I remember when we talked to Malik, or McKinley
Lee, he had mentioned that this case was really more
so about him and that the actions that he took in his
job. How do you feel that the action that he did take
to protect your life resulted in the death of another
SNOOP: I mean, I feel bad, you know what I'm sayin'?
But yet and still, he done, Malik done his job. His
job was to protect me, protect him and anybody that
was around me at any time. That's what he was hired
for as a personal bodyguard. That's what bodyguards
are hired for. If you go get that, Garth BrooksKenny
Rogers, any one of them, and ask them, what is your
bodyguard's job? Did you guys see the, the movie, The
Bodyguard, with Whitney Houston? What was Kevin Costner's
job? To protect Whitney Houston from any danger that
came to her while she was performin'. Even while she
wasn't performin'. And as you seen, the movie projected
everything that could happen to you as a celebrity,
but it really didn't go in depth, as far as our situation.
But it gave it across as clear as possible as they could.
But if we was to do a movie called The Bodyguard, it'd
be so similar to that.
MTV: But let's talk about lifestyle for a minute. Because
did the danger come to you, or were you always around
this danger because of the environment that you were
living in at that time?
SNOOP: No. I mean, the danger came to us. We perceived
it as a threat. That's the reason why Malik acted the
way he acted in the situation. You know, I look at it
like this. If Malik woulda waited another second, I
might not be here doin' a interview with you right now.
If he woulda waited another half a second, I might have
a hole in my head. He might have a hole in his head.
He might have a hole in his arm. You never know. But
the thing was, God put us in the situation, and Malik
acted in a manner that what he felt was reasonable,
and which I felt was reasonable, and which my attorneys
felt was reasonable, and which the juries found was
reasonable, so that's why I'm here doin' a interview
with y'all now.
MTV: Not being able to really talk about your feelings
during this time, what's, what was the one persistent
feeling that you had that you wanted to let people know
during this whole time, but you really couldn't come
out and talk?
SNOOP: That I felt bad about Mr. Woldemariam bein' dead.
Me personally, I rather him just have been shot and
been in court lyin', sayin' that we tried to kill him,
or tellin' the truth, sayin' that hey, yeah, I did go
for a gun. That's the way I would've rather seen it.
You know what I'm sayin'?
MTV: So you do feel empathy, or sympathy for the family?
SNOOP: That's why I'm not all the way happy. I mean,
I'm happy that it's over with, but how can I be happy
about somebody bein' dead? You know what I'm sayin'?
I'm not pleased for that. I wish it woulda never happened.
I'm just, you know, happy that it's over with and I'm,
I can move on with my life. But it's gonna take some
time for it to get all the way out of my system.