September 10, 2012; Oakland CA, USA; Recording artist Gene Simmons before singing the national anthem before the game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

KISS icon Gene Simmons says he supports Donald Sterling

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Donald Sterling said some racist things behind closed doors and lost his NBA franchise because of that. Instead of applauding the NBA for booting out an ancient artifact of the Jim Crow era, there are some people out there that want to rail against the decision to take a business away from a man who is both a racist and can financially affect people’s lives.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons is siding with and supporting Sterling in that he doesn’t believe the former Los Angeles Clippers owner should have lost his franchise over what he said, as a fine would have been just as effective.

“I’m on the side of Don Sterling,” he replied, before his position was even asked. Although he admits that Sterling is “heinous,” he opines that he should have been let off with a fine, since the rant occurred in private.

He goes on to insinuate that all people make racist rants or off-color jokes in private:

“Because you say an off color joke or make a racist rant privately, that causes you to lose a job — nobody would have a job!”

Simmons has sort of a point in that things said in private maybe should be left private but that’s also a stupid thing to think about when you consider things that are said in private. If Sterling had been talking about killing someone, this would be a different matter entirely, but Simmons isn’t the only one supporting Sterling in a meek sort of way.

Then again, he may just be auditioning for a Fox News show, ‘Licking Paste with Gene Simmons’ as the ship of Donald Sterling backers sailed a long time ago.

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