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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: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:40 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

For those of us who question Tim Thomas' motives and actions, we can point to Farmer Ted's post and say, "We rest our case."

Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:39 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Don't worry, I am quite sure Boston as a city and all the teams that play there hate you Farmer Ted.  Nice name btw you d.b.  What a stupid post.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:38 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The point here is that Tim Thomas cannot have his cake and eat it too! He chose to use his "celebrity" to take a stance and make a point about his personal beliefs. Fair enough, everyone is entitled to do that. He exaserbated the issue by choosing to publicly explain why he wasn't there....thereby making his personal beliefs public again.

Once you choose this route, you cannot suddenly say that people cannot ask you questions about it. You cannot invite the attention and then turtle and say it is none of anyone's business.

This issue is not about a Democratic President or the size of the government. This issue has become all about Thomas making a public statement and then denouncing the media for making it more public.

Thomas would have been much better off just to say - when questioned - that he chose not to go due to personal beliefs and he wanted it to stay that way.     &

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:33 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:29 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Who cares he opted out to meet the President. Not everyone is a democrat, nor does EVERYONE relish the chance to meet "THIS" president.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The media isn't mad (nor liberal)
The former is true, the latter is false. No matter what your belief is there is no doubt they lean liberal of the media. Studies have shown this when media members are asked about their ideaology. Please read Bias by Bernie Goldberg who was shunned by the media after publishing one article in the Washington Post discussing this and Bernie was an old time liberal. He's also a multi-time emmy winner and spent nearly 30 years @ CBS.

Wah! Shut up and be a man
He is the definition of a man because he stood up for what he believed instead of being a hypocrite and going to the center of what he believes is wrong with this country. Whether you agree with him or not, he has the right to do what he did and did so without name-calling or venom. The media and fans are showing their intolerance and venting their bile on him because they just don't like his stance. That's un-American.

Timmy "just wants it to go away
He should. He did nothing wrong. He said his peace, but others won't accept it because they don't like it and want to exploit it to suit their agendas and politics.

You want to say he's wrong for not going? Fine. However, attacking him for his beliefs is petty. He's not the first and won't be the last.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:26 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Thomas is entitled to do and say what he wants.  The problem is that if he really just felt he couldn't go to the WH as a matter of principle, then just don't go.  Don't put out a press release and make it a public posture.  But if he does go public with his beliefs, then he needs to be prepared to (a) articulate and support those beliefs rather than spew some meaningless tripe about freedom and the Constitution (since he doesn't appear to know what he is talking about), and (b) accept all the heat that it's going to generate.  How could the guy expect to shoot his mouth off about his political reasons for refusing to attend a very public ceremony but then purport to be angry because people respond to his fulminations.  Is he so important that he is entitled to state his very important political perspective -- but then expect that nobody else should be able to comment on his hot air?  If you can't take the heat, Tim, don't go into the kitchen.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:18 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.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:16 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Every President does this and yes it's a photo op, that's how this works in big people land
No kidding. I didn't single out this president. All of them use it that way.

Thomas didn't do anything other than whine about why he didn't want to go via online media.  
He didn't whine, he posted a statement with his beliefs. You just don't like them so you're whining.

He's not a hero
Never said he was. Obviously, you have reading comprehension problems. He's just a regular American(one of 4 who were invited) and entitled to his beliefs as are others who refused to go in other years.

Like his opinions or dislike them, I don't care but don't pretent like you'll care about this one way or another in two weeks.
Who do you think you are to tell others what they care about? I'm 100% for freedom of speech and detest political correctness or media bias. When athletes/actors refused to meet with Bush, that was their right as well. It's just the left-leaning Boston media and fan base makes this into some sort of crime. It's pathetic.

I respect those who stand up for their rights, no matter what their beliefs are. I mentioned Ali and King, neither whom I fond of. They had the right to say what they want, how they wanted. That's the beauty of America.

Now, who he really is the infant?

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:14 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Who cares if one player skips that white house trip. The guy is a goalie not a politician, it's a free country.

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