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Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:41 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:30 pm
 
Thomas had a chance to be heard and he took it. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The biggest non-news story of the hockey season -- the defending champions visiting the White House and meeting the President of the United States -- is mushrooming into one of the bigger stories this season. Sadly, that might not be hyperbole based on the latest reports out of Boston.

By now you surely know about Tim Thomas' decision to not join his teammates on their trip to the White House. He instead chose to skip it as a protest to what he later revealed in his Facebook statement is the ever-expanding reach of the federal government. It ignited a wildfire that's leading people to thinking some awfully irrational things.

First, here is what is being said from within the Bruins organization, outside of their public statements. From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe:

It was Timmy being Timmy.

“[Expletive] selfish [expletive]," one team source said.

But that's not the view from everybody. Milan Lucic was on the record saying it didn't bother him and Shinzawa reported two team sources didn't believe Thomas' decision would have any negative effects in the locker room, it's par for Timmy's course.

Sounds pretty similar to another player in Boston sports (Manny Ramirez, anyone?) In the case of Ramirez, the Red Sox put up with his antics for some time before he was eventually pushed out of town.

Could that actually be a possibility for Thomas? After all, as Shinzawa writes (and makes clear with Timmy being Timmy) he is a bit of a lone wolf. He's a goaltender, and you know it's OK to categorize every goalie out there as a wackjob.

The answer is maybe, according to Shinzawa.

Thomas’s decision, however, may be the first step in goalie and team parting ways. His no-movement clause expires at the conclusion of this season. Thomas has one more season remaining on his four-year, $20 million contract. Rask, a restricted free agent at year’s end, should be ready to assume the starting job in 2012-13.

Now you know this story is getting out of hand. Look, I'd understand trading Thomas from a hockey perspective. I think it would be a mistake and would be stupid, but I understand it. He's up there in age at 37, his value is still incredibly high and Tuukka Rask has proven to be more than capable. The hockey aspect makes sense ... except when you remember that Thomas is arguably still the best in the world and can lead the Bruins to back-to-back Stanley Cups this season. Don't forget that little aspect of the equation.

I haven't understood this whole soap opera at any point. I've seen people complaining that Thomas decided to politicize an event that wasn't about politics. The way I see it, this was the most political thing any of the Bruins players have done in their careers. It's certainly more political than all the time they spend playing games, practicing or traveling. Should he instead have had a grandstanding session after a November shutout in the locker room? He was presented with a chance to make a political statement and he took it.

Further, I'd argue that this didn't take away from the Bruins' day at the White House at all. What this Thomas story did is actually make people remember that the Bruins visited the White House period. It's an event that is a photo op where the honoring from the president lasts literally less than 10 minutes. A lot of people have no idea that the St. Louis Cardinals just had the same honor a week ago. It was hardly news.

But now? Oh, everybody knows the Bruins visited the White House as the reigning champions. This whole saga has only shined a brighter light on the visit.

There are others that don't care what Thomas has to say about politics, he's just a hockey player. I see that all the time and it irritates me to no end. So because somebody is an athlete they can't have their own ideologies? The difference between Thomas and that neighbor of yours who litters his yard with political signs is that Thomas has a bigger platform. He wanted to get a message across and he did it.

I don't know who the source was that so eloquently called Thomas selfish, obviously. But I'd bet that even that person wouldn't want Thomas off the team. I was in the locker room with the Bruins last night, we in the media saw Thomas walking around munching on a postgame snack and going into the changing area with the other players. He didn't appear to be in any kind of awkward state of avoidance.

I can't see how this becomes a seriously divisive issue as some make it out to be. Are the other guys going to be so upset that they stop playing in front of Thomas and hinder their own goal of repeating as champs? Or might it be a distraction with the team and Thomas being asked about it?

Doubtful. Thomas is a strong-willed person, that's evident. He said in his Facebook statement that this was the only thing he was going to say on the whole fiasco. That's it. When he is eventually asked by the media, you already know he is going to defiantly say he's not talking about it. That will be that.

So Thomas has a bit of a selfish side and this let it be seen to the rest of the world. So what? Chalk it up to goalies being goalies (or Timmy being Timmy, in this case) and move on, I have little doubt the players will.

In the meantime, I'm left wondering how many write-in votes Thomas will get in this year's presidential election because you just know he'll get some.

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Comments

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

      Hey it's a free country, and what was that we said about free speech ? Anywho, it's all much ado about nothing. America is where its at because of what happened during the Reagan years, Both Bush's tenures, Clinton, whatever the case...I better not get into it. I just wanted to say all I want is Timmy for two more post seasons to make my prediction of a Three peat right.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Hey jmarcheesie21; does the 21 signify your IQ,age, or number of your arrests? By the way bro; it's spelled idiot, not idoit, but you should already be aware of that fact as you being a charter member of the "New England Idiot for Hire Fan Club." Just saying my man.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Wow, I hope Tim Thomas checks out this article and sees the rocket scientist's and brain surgeons that are in his corner.



Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:17 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

liberal ass writers, who dont know shit but writing horrible stories.. obamas a bum and tim thomas knows it.. hes an american who sees what this idoit is doing...hes the "food stamp president"....get a fuckin job, tim thomas is the man and obama is useless!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:59 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

I'm just curious Mr. Cape Cod. Do you support Rick Santorum, the Newt, the Mittster, or Steven Colbert ? Whatever bro; I hope you can keep your fragile pysche on a somewhat level keel til November and calm down a bit bro. That Karl Marx reference is a classic. Dudes like you are what makes these forums really scary. It's one thing to have these extreme thoughts, but it's another to verbalize it in this arena.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

So it`s ok then because it`s been so long,that these "genious" slave owners get a pass ? How convenient.And "freed them upon his death " Gee,how white of him .Oops,better not use that one in this case.So you`re saying because some other people owned humans at the time,this makes THEM owning humans ok.
Winners,hands down,the dumbest, most dangerous country on the planet.The USA.No contest.Well,at least the pig ignorant interbred redneck part of it
When they were coming up with the "ignorance is bliss" phrase,they had YOU in mind.Nice cherry picking of of your own history



Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

I see you even get the right ring trolls on sports message boards now! He has the right to not go to the white house, it's a free country. My thoughts are Obama could give 2 rips about him. I'm sure he sat up that night going some no name goalie didn't want to talk to me.  BOO HOO!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:41 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Tim Thomas is what, one of two Americans on the team?  It makes sense that the non-Americans on the team had no issue going to the WH, it's not their countries that are being destroyed by an anti-American Marxist usurper, so to them it was probably a great opportunity while for Thomas it was like being forced to meet with Karl Marx by an organization (the Bruins) who apparently love Karl Marx.  Oh and trying to bring it all to a boil is a so-called reporter for the Boston Globe, another left-wing propagandist rag that happens to be owned by the biggest left-wing propagandist rag of them all, the New York Times.  I'm sure Tim's non-American teammates have no problem with his snubbing a Dictator that they have no ties or allegiance too, but obviously the leftist in the Bruins organization and their friends at the Goebbels Globe are so distraught over the snub of their Dear Leader that they can't let his actions go without condemnation and punishment.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Thomas is a true patriot who chose the PC media route devised by his GM. Get the picture?
What the hell are you talking about? Devised by his GM? Yeah, Peter Chiarelli really wanted this controversy instead of concentrating on hockey. If you have a political agenda, that's fine, but don't use any random topic you know nothing about to start spouting gibberish.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Read between the lines oh ignorant one.Do I have to spell it out for you? Thomas is a true patriot who chose the PC media route devised by his GM. Get the picture?


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