Free agent quarterback Tim Tebow got some unexpected support this week from KISS musician Gene Simmons, who believes Tebow is getting bad treatment because he is a Christian.
Simmons even went as far to say that Tebow would be treated better if he were wearing a "burqa" as Muslims do.
“He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America. 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," Simmons told Radio.com.
"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.”
However, Simmons himself slammed Christians in a 2002 Esquire magazine article:
I think Christians are wrong. They're wrong because you're not judged by your actions, you're judged by your beliefs, which is to say that if you're Hitler and right before you die, you say, "Jesus, I'm sorry," you get a better chance of going to heaven than the millions of people you killed.
These days Simmons and fellow KISS member Paul Stanley are co-owners of a new Arena Football League (AFL) team, LA KISS, and offered Tebow a position after he was cut by the New England Patriots.
“We haven’t heard back from Tim. 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,” said Simmons.