Beleaguered quarterback Tim Tebow got some support from a rather unlikely place, according to Radio.com on Sept. 13. Famous rock and roller Gene Simmons of KISS had more than a few words for critics of the deeply-religious football player.
He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America,” the KISS front man told Radio.com earlier this week. ”He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn't dare say anything [editor's note: only Muslim women wear burqas]. But if you’re a Christian, you get to be picked on? What the hell? The guy’s got family values. I never saw the media picking on Michael Vick for torturing dogs. Or this other football player, who’s alleged to have killed, committed murder. That’s ‘cool.’ But a guy who’s religious and has got family values isn't ‘cool?’ He’s cool to me."
Besides the moral support, Tebow may get something else from KISS. Gene Simmons and KISS vocalist Paul Stanley co-own a new Arena Football League team, appropriately named LA KISS. Simmons extended a very public offer of a three-year contract to Tim Tebow, recently released from the New England Patriots.
Has Tebow accepted? Not yet. “We haven’t heard back from Tim,” Simmons said. “He’s considering this seriously; he’s in Los Angeles. Right after this, I’m gonna fly back with our guys and try to sit down with him and tell him that we’re serious about this. He’ll get the respect here that he didn't get at the NFL.”
Gene Simmons has always been a very vocal critic of music media for not supporting KISS as a legitimate rock act. He’s no less vocal now concerning the media’s treatment of Tim Tebow.
“They’re a**holes. And they should be called to task, and they should lose their license, because in a very real way, as far as I’m concerned, it’s slander and defamation. You’re making fun of somebody’s religion.”