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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

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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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:14 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

LIZARD_KING: There are a lot of people who don't at all like the cut of this man's jib. For many of them, their dislike is so powerful that they may well fear being overtaken by some (wholly inadvisable) compulsion to act while in the presence of The One. Perhaps Tim Thomas caught himself in time, before saying something that might have earned him a visit from the schutzstaffle  Secret Service. If so, then his reluctance to comply with your unreasonable demand of him would seem entirely sensible. A man not only has a right to speak, he also has a right to hold his tongue even when  those with whom he disagrees would prefer that he give then an opportunity to cut it out, root and branch. 

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:13 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

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

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:04 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Why the hell should he go just to show respect to the President of the United States, who is driving this country into the toilet? If the guy does not care for the President or his actions towards running this country then he should have the option of not going. Would you go to your boss's house if invited, if you despised the guy and it wasn't mandatory? It just proves he's not an ass kisser like most in this country. So what if he didn't go! Good for you Tim! I think the President is a clown too!

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:03 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

"We would, if it were not for the negative drag it creates.  Plus, we want to help improve things for all, we just can't resist the possibility of helping for its own sake.  The problem is restraining oneself from trying to do too much, and evolving into a bunch of invasive goo-dooders."  --jmdziuban1

Jism, I've seen the people whom you've been helping for the last three generations. So have a whole lot of other people. Which is why more and more of us now own firearms. We have absolutely no desire to be as ignorant, poor, shiftless, helpless, and miserable as all of your previous and current victims clients and students. However did anybody dream that they could overcome poverty and centuries of mistreatment (under law and otherwise) by letting themselves be turned into creatures whose presence would've shamed to death the most abjectly pitiful Step'N'Fetchit of days of yore.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:57 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

And so, Jack sprat, that is why Tim Thomas didn't go to the White House?  The more you guys post, the more absurd your arguments become.  Probably a good time to shut your pie holes.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:56 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

study must have been conducted by a group of liberals

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:51 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Once upon a time, I had a neighbor who vacated her Section 8 housing, leaving behind a gift for the landlord that cost $8,000 to make right. That's the going rate for removing two years worth of soiled diapers from the basement into which they've been thrown as if it were a midden heap. One guess. Do I even need to ask the question, much less supply the answer?! Yes, they were some of our Community Organizer-in-Chief's erstwhile clients. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:51 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

LSUSMC, here is the difference, Tim Thomas' actions were designed to make Obama look bad. I don't think Obama was trying to make any look bad was he??? I don't have a problem with him not going, Absolutely his choice. But 2 things, be a man and tell us exactly why you are not going rather than some fluffly comment about this "NOT BEING ABOUT POLITICS". Don't freaking lie about it, be a man. Secondly, you have stood up for something you believe in, good for you. Now be prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions. Whether you see it this way or not, other people view this as a complete lack of respect for the President (like him or not). Personally, I think Obama is not a very good President, GW Bush was worse, but that didn't mean I didn't respect either of them or the office.  

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:50 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas makes a public and political statement, and the media reports it. Then the conservitives start blaming the lamestream media for reporting it. If the lamestream media had not reported it, they would have blamed the media for trying to suppress his message. Conservatives these days just love to whine and complain about how oppressed they are.

Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:50 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

When you work for a company you do not get to take your personal beliefs to work. That would be a selfish personal luxury.You represent the ethos of the company when on company time. When your organization has a company activity your responsibility is to participate as a member of that organization. For some of us even our "non-work time" continues a responsibility to our organization. We live in a glass house.

You don't dress badly, you don't swear and you don't reflect badly on your organization. You cooperate as a member. In the business world we call that being part of the team. If you don't want to do that you start looking for a different place to work 

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