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Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:00 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 10:25 am
 
Thomas

By: Adam Gretz

The Tim Thomas White House controversy just won't go away, even though he wishes that it would.

After he refused to attend the Bruins visit to the White House earlier in the week, the Conn Smythe winning goaltender has drawn a flood of criticism from media, fans and even anonymous sources within the Bruins organization, referring to his decision as "selfish," as the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.

Even though he said his Facebook statement explaining his position would be his only comment on the matter, it's been all anybody wants to talk about anytime he's been in front of a microphone or camera during the All-Star weekend festivities.

During his media availability on Friday, for example, he was asked if he wanted to see this all just go away.

“I think it should. I think it should," said Thomas. "I think it’s all media-driven right now. It has been from the start. Everything I said then was as an individual. It wasn’t as a representative of the Boston Bruins. All it has to do is with me. It’s separate from hockey. That’s my personal life. Those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs. It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game.”

Thomas did not join the Bruins on Monday and said later in the evening that it was his right as an individual to not go, a decision he made because he feels the Federal government "has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People."
 
The controversy that followed even led to speculation that maybe this could be the beginning of the end for Thomas' time in Boston, which seems pretty silly to think about. Of course, sooner rather than later Thomas and the Bruins are going to part ways, but that has more do with the fact he is 37 years old, only has one year remaining on his contract, and the team already has his replacement, Tuukka Rask, on the roster. Not because he skipped out on taking a trip to visit the President.

Thomas will also eventually get his wish, and this story will disappear. Perhaps as soon as the second half of the season starts up and he gets back into the crease and starts winning games again.

That always seems to put a pretty quick stop to a lot of controversies like this.

Photo: Getty Images

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Bruins honored at White House while Thomas declines
Thomas explains decision
Thomas Speculation starts

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Farmer_Ted
Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:13 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If this happened with Bush in office all the liberal media and you liberal left wing fanatics would be praising his descion!!! Bunch a morons!!!
  



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

GridironRat,

Yes, it is a show of respect, for the Office if not for the man.  Civility.  But, that is becoming a lost idea among the right wing.  Obama inherited a destroyed economy, and a trillion dollar deficit.  Current deficits are primarily GOP legacy debt:  The Bush tax cuts which created no jobs, the wrecked economy from deregulating Wall Street, increased spending (GW has two of the four greatest increases in spending, per term, since WWII, Reagan's first term is one also, and Obama actually lowered spending his first year.), and interest on previous debt accumulated primarily under Republicans:  Reagan, Bush, and Bush.  But it is all Obama's fault.  While it is his responsibility now,  history and the world did not begin the day he took office.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

"Look at your candidates.  A privelaged elitist, A sanctimoneous bible thumper, a sociopathic egotist, and Ron Paul.  I like Ron paul, get government out of people's private lives, nullify the Patriot Act.  But, the gold standard (can you say inflation?  trade imbalance)?  No civil rights laws?  No business regulation?  Even Adam Smith recognized the need for regulation in capitalism, lest all money become concentrated in the hands of a few, which is exactly what we now have, and what the conservatives continue to argue for.. "  --jmdziuban1

I'll go along with the "privileged elitist" crack; he's a chip off his old man in that regard, our Mitt. The "sociopathic egotist" is certainly recognizable, but I think it's a bit off the mark. Lord knows the man is crass and shifty and signally lacking in principles, not to mention in love with the sound of his own voice, but he's not a sociopath, methinks. As for Santorum being "a sanctimonious Bible thumper," you neglected to add "rabid" in front. Come to that, substitute "rigid fanatic" for "Ron Paul."

I'd add that any one of them might well win in the general election, because the guy who they'll be facing has proven Himself nobody's prize. (Pity that Brother Jesse can't take back a few of those tears of joy. The One has proven such a disappointment to the forces of "Progressivism." 



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

This just in.  What Tim believes about our government is none of your f'n business.  Leave the guy alone and get a life.

Lol. This just in: if something is none of anyone's f'n business, don't post it on facebook.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

:  Blame the media? I guess he is a true wingnut after all.

Yes, they are all victims.  Do not victimize Newt by asking about his multiple marriages, nor Mitt by asking about his taxes.  Santorum should not be asked about his veiws on rape and abortion.  Ron Paul?  Ron Paul should not have his sanity questioned.  Yeesh.  I'm a victim!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

PENNSTATER66: Charming. Pity your comment proves that you can't be bothered to carefully read, or perhaps at all understand, that to which you're responding so passionately, if rudely. Hmmm...Dear Santa, one of Jerry's children needs Emily Post and a gift card good for some EFL lessons. Your admirer, and just one more concerned citizen troubled by such examples of our failed public school systems. :)))



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Okay, A great conservative intellect.  It must be, he was President.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcygSFgKu9I

Look at your candidates.  A privelaged elitist, A sanctimoneous bible thumper, a sociopathic egotist, and Ron Paul.  I like Ron paul, get government out of people's private lives, nullify the Patriot Act.  But, the gold standard (can you say inflation?  trade imbalance)?  No civil rights laws?  No business regulation?  Even Adam Smith recognized the need for regulation in capitalism, lest all money become concentrated in the hands of a few, which is exactly what we now have, and what the conservatives continue to argue for.. 



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The real reason timmy didn't go, last june President Obama was seen with a canuck jersey on.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

"Patfan, do you understand the difference between "PR" and "Politics", they are not one and the same.....A photo opp is NOT ABOUT POLITICS, that would be about PUBLIC RELATIONS. There is a difference. TT choosing not to go, was about his POLITICS, not PUBLIC RELATIONS. Do you see the difference???? Personally if Thomas had been a bit more honest in his statement I would have been able to give him a pass a lot more easy. His statement was far from the truth and we both know it. This has everything to do with not respecting the President and it is 100% about Tim Thomas' political beliefs, if he would have said it that way, I would have been much more understanding of his actions."  --LIZARD_KING

In an election season, the FCC doesn't recognize a difference. Neither do I, come to that, because there isn't one. 


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