Gene Simmons, lead singer and bassist for rock band Kiss, is once again coming to the defense of Tim Tebow, calling out the former football player’s critics on Twitter.
Simmons posted the comment along with a TMZ article announcing Tebow’s potential one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I support Tim Tebow,” Simmons tweeted on May 11. “He was widely criticized and made fun of, simply because he is a man of faith, who believed in his Christian values. Shame on the NFL and the rest of the world for stooping so low.”
The 33-year-old athlete, who tied the knot with Demi-Leigh Nel Peters last year, has been the target of hateful criticism in both his college and pro career.
Known for taking a knee in reverence to God, and wearing Bible verses like John 16:33 on his eye paint during games, Tebow was readily made a mockery by the NFL and the public at large.
John Oliver, “Daily Show” comedian, even once infamously stated: “I dislike [Zimbabwe dictator] Robert Mugabe. I hate Tim Tebow. If I was in a room with Tim Tebow and bin Laden, and I had a gun with one bullet, I’d shoot bin Laden. I’m not a monster. But if I had two bullets, I’d shoot Tim Tebow first.”
A popular “SNL” skit poked fun at Tebow’s “prayer bow” before games, and a handful of the former quarterback’s fellow football players joined together to complete the comedic act.
The moral standards that went along with Tebow’s faith, like saving sex for marriage, were equally harassed for years. Being a 30-year-old male virgin was just insanity to the secular, sex-crazed culture. The world lost its mind when Tebow was allegedly dumped by a former Miss Universe because he wouldn’t have sex with her.
Thankfully, there have been a handful of influential figureheads that have stood up for Tebow, championing him for his strong faith rather that ridiculing him. This isn’t the first time Gene Simmons has defended Tebow.
In fact, in a 2013 interview that has since gone viral, Simmons boldly stated, “Here’s a man who believes in God and people pick on him. If he was a Jew, or a Muslim and you did that—people would never dare. But for some reason if he’s a Christian, you’re allowed to pick on him.”
And the Kiss singer didn’t stop there, as he declared the irresponsibility of journalists to be the “height of lunacy.”
“It’s the height of lunacy, and those journalists should be held accountable,” he continued. “They’re never gonna pick on a guy who tortures dogs or has perhaps gone to jail for murder, but if he believes in Christ his Lord, then it’s open season. It’s like what country are we living in?”
Wow, Simmons NAILED it there! Kudos to the Kiss rocker for stepping up to this godly man’s defense. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for Tim Tebow next!