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Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 9:28 pm
Thomas elected not to visit the White House with teammates (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins were at the White House on Monday to meet President Barack Obama. Well, almost all of them.

There was one very notable absence as the Bruins were honored in the East Room of the White House. Nobody could seem to find Tim Thomas among the crowd of players in the background. Soon enough, word got out that he elected to skip the event.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the ceremony.

Sure enough, the reasons were made clear. Here is the message Thomas posted a little after 6 ET on his Facebook page.

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT

There was a lot of anger across the hockey world on Monday because of Thomas' decision not to show up. I don't understand it one bit.

Let me say that I, myself, would never turn down an opportunity to be honored by the President of the United States, no matter how much I dislike him. It's about the office, the individual.

With that said, I have zero problem with Thomas passing on it. None at all. He has his beliefs and convictions and has every right to stand up for them. To the people who are complaining that he is being selfish and taking away from the team's spotlight, I say mission: accomplished. Look how much attention he is getting because of this and thus getting his political views shared with everybody.

"Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us," team president Cam Neely told the media after the ceremony. "We certainly would have liked to have him come and join us but that's his choice. All the guys came except for Tim. It's his decision and his choice."

Neely would later release another statement on the matter, this time a little more officially than his after-ceremony comments to the media.

"As an organization we were honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team's achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject."

Nobody should be upset about this, it's just not a big deal. He declined to go, so be it. What's the big deal?

My only issue with it is that it added a more newsy element to an otherwise light-hearted day for the Bruins. Well that and the mixing of hockey and politics. That's never a good idea.

There are so many mixed feelings on all of this, and I'm not talking about the politics themselves. Of course people won't agree on that. But sometimes you have athletes who are chided for not caring enough, not using their positions of power to make an impact. Then when players do just that, they get ripped for sharing their political views; why do we care what a goaltender thinks about big government?

I say anything that leads to discussion can't hurt. And after seeing some of the players and team officials after the ceremony, I don't think it detracted much from their experiences either. Really, this is a case of no harm, no foul for me. The man had a choice to make and he made it.

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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House


Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:04 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I agree whole heartedly with Tim Thomas.  This is not a government of, by or for the people.  It is representing big business and special interest groups, so that our elected officials can line their own pockets with pay offs and perks.  We are living in the Post Bush Depression Era because of this.  Everyone blames Obama for the economy, but the truth of the matter is that he is the fall guy for Republican mismanagement of this country while the Bush's reign terror on America.  If I were Tim Thomas, I would have gone to the White House and told Obama what I thought and asked him face to face what he intends to do about this.  He missed a golden opportunity.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:57 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

As a life long bruins fan, I am embarrassed by Tim's decision. He had no problem wearing a Team USA sweater in the Olympics two years ago. Had no problem accepting that silver medal. Smiled proudly whie craning forward to have it placed around his neck. Missed a huge opportunity to actually say to the president, all the things on his mind, but chose to do so through the press. Coward....

Disco I think you have it a bit backwards. Thomas can be unhappy with the government and still serve his country by being on the Olympic team. He can still love this country and yet be angry with the way it is run. I know alot of people cannot seem to understand that but it is true. The other thing you are not seeing is that if he had either turned downed the Olympic Team or made a public statement at the medal ceremony as you suggest then it would have been taking away from the team. This situation takes nothing away from the Bruins. He disagrees with our government and rather than go and snub Obama in public and make the situation far worse he declined to go. I dont see why so many fools are making such a large deal about it. As for him having Glen Beck as an idol like I read in other posts, who cares? To call him a coward for doing something he believes in is just moronic.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:41 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

What a pompous arse! Let me guess there, Timmy-boy, your rallying cry is,  "I want to take my Country back!" (To a place where uppity negrahs, messikins and injuns are second class citizens, women are barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, and corporate monopolies rule unchecked, right?) Or another pathetic great white whine of the blue-haried set; "We're becomin' socialists now a-cause of Obamacare...but leave my Medicare alone!" Look dude, the times you are pining for never existed outside of "My Three Sons"," Family Affair", and "Leave it to Beaver" re-runs on Nick at Nite. Accept your accolades; once your playing days are over your memory be relegated to trivial pursuit answers and (thank the Lord) obscurity. Tim Thomas, official douche of the year!".

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:12 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Is the government out of control?  Are politicians our of control?  Is spending out of control?  Are both parties the cause?  Do parties not vote for things just so the other party doesn't look successful thus hurting the nation?  What did he say that was wrong?  He stood by his beliefs.  He disrepected teh office?  Did Bill Clinton disrespect the office by putting Monica on desk and having his way with her?  So we hate Tiger for his episode.  We hate all the baseball players for their lying about steroids.  We hate players for giving the written statement from a lawyer.  So finally a guy who does the right things in life and lives it morally but we hate him too for saying something that has a lot of truths to it.  Do we like anyone?  Let's keep watching stupid reality tv and making idiots like snookie millions of dollars for getting drunk on camera and laughing saying it is cute but rip apart TT for a personal belief that is actually pretty valid.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:52 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Thomas is within his rights to express his opinion.  and others are well within their to call him out on it as well as well as his peculiar political views.

BUT, Thomas may be an individual, but he is also a member of a team. It is the epitome of all that is wrong in sports that Thomas took the selfish route and chose to make it this about himself rather than about his team and about his team's accomplishment. Really quite pathetic actually.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:44 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Way to spin founding fathers into slave owners, like that was the part about them that TT admired.  You are a story twisting moron.   Show me where he said that the part that he admired about the founding fathers was that they owned slaves.  You can't.  You are the brain dead idiot.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:38 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House


How much money do YOU make????? Doing What????

Try to make that in another country/goverment.......


Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:21 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Good for you Tim, whetehr you agree or not, it's his right to decline and not be a hypocrit like all the politicians!

About time someone stood by their beliefs and didn't crumble to the Polictially Correct Police!

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:16 am

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I am a Caps fan, but bravo Tim Thomas, bravo.  He stood up for what he believed, and he has to be commended for that.  More athletes need to do that these days.  

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