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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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Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Come on, Thomas asked for this. If he had declined but given no reason, nobody would bat an eye. But when you put it out there that you essentially don't approve of the whole system of government so you can't attend a function like this and you've used your moment in the spotlight to dis the government, how can you possibly complain when people or the press react? Every hockey rink he played in as a child that allowed him to achieve his career and his $5 million per year salary was constructed only with and because of government funding. Every road he drives on with his SUV of choice wouldn't be there if tax money didn't pay for it. So if he were at all credible he'd object to those as well. Every one of us can think of a way the US government is overreaching and doing something we don't agree with, but this is about Timmy being Timmy, a judgemental and fiery idiot, and it's about something else entirely. Rather that whining about the controversy he should learn something about what he's talking about.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You see, science has proven that conservatives are happier than liberals.
Bliss ... meet ignorant.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Just who are republicans? Let's see what Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University and hs reasearchers found!

Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward , the study found.

Gordon is probably a liberal also, so he is not going to define me.  For the record, I am not a social conservative by any means.  Most would call me a RINO, and I am fine with that.  I consider myself fiscally conservative and socially moderate, even though most of my conservative friends call me soically liberal.  I have no issue with that either.  Don't take this too personal because I agrue with social conservatives just as much. 



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

That is the funniest thing I have read today.  If he went to the ceremony and actually said something political, you liberals would lose your mind saying this was just a PR meeting and not a time for politics.  What a croc!
"It would have been the manly thing to do. But ... I cann see how that fact escapes (scares) you. "  --RinTinTim

No, he wouldn't have been at all manly, not surrounded by all of those armed bodyguards. Oh, you were referring to the other fellow? Do tell. When I find myself looking for manliness in college lecturers and professional busybodies  "community organizers", I'll have myself committed for observation.

As for the expectations that you pinheads on the Left have that everyone should genuflect in the presence of YOUR icons, p*ss off. It's not as if you genuflect in the presence of anybody else's. (Except Muslims. Most of you seem scared out of what little manhood you might have possessed by the prospect of making THEM mad.)




Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:15 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You are so right ... and so liberal ... you must be really intelligent. Will you please tell me how to run my life. What size toilet bowl should I have? What kind of light bulbs should I have in my house? How much should I save each month for retirement? What type of health insurance should I have for my family? Should I consume transfats? How much salt is the right amount in my diet? How many miles per gallon should my car get? I'm just an unintelligent conservative who needs the nanny-state to tell me how to live. 

You see, science has proven that conservatives are happier than liberals. Why can't you just let us lead our happy lives and keep your misery to yourself? You're intelligent enough to understand that request ... aren't you?

 



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

All these 'champions' visits to the White House are nothing more than a photo op for the President.  And of course this Thomas thing is magnified coz the current one is a bi-racial Democrat.... oops, my bad...a black Democrat.  Without his prompter, does anyone think he knows diddly squat about hockey? Stop all these visits now or let every team member excercize his/her constitutional right to not attend.  Get over it, MEDIA! YOU made it controversial. Geeze.   



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Uh, Tim, OF COURSE THE MEDIA WAS GOING TO RUN WITH THIS!!  What did you think?


And it isn't because the media is liberal.  It's because the media is run by large corporations who like to make large profits.  Any controversy that they can find that will generate attention will do.  And, hey look, a short story on ESPN about you blaming the media has already generated 14 pages of comments!! ESPN will certainly use the 'hit' level on this story as part of their pitch to advertisers.  

Don't worry, though, as your story gets stale, the media will find another one to replace it with that will generate just as many hits.   



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

First the study proving Fox news veiwers to be the least informed and now Brock Universities research proving republicans are dumber than a box of donut holes.

Let's just throw in buttUgly too and complete the Trifecta.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Fascinating. When a black basketball player took a pass on meeting Bush, that got almost no play. I guess we're expected to continue to pretend to believe that the MSM treats folks the same, huh. Much like all of those criminals whom they no longer run pictures of in the papers. Gee, I can't IMAGINE why so many people stopped paying for their rags.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:05 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

That is the funniest thing I have read today.  If he went to the ceremony and actually said something political, you liberals would lose your mind saying this was just a PR meeting and not a time for politics.  What a croc!
It would have been the manly thing to do. But ... I cann see how that fact escapes (scares) you.


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