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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: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Typical liberal response.  I am not upset at this situation at all, it is you guys from the left that have your panties in a wad.
And yet ... here you are whining like a school girl.

Where exactly am I whining about anything?  Again, grow up. 



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:59 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

What bothers me is that cry baby Timmy "just wants it to go away"! Wah! Shut up and be a man.
Even more hilarious? The ones doing the most whining here are calling us thin skinned.



Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:56 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Exactly, these "visits" have nothing to do with politics.  It's not going to secure any more votes for either party and no one in the general public could give a crap what Thomas' political views are anyway.  He's a hockey player and this was a TEAM visit.  Don't be a hack, join your team at the White House.  Its a priveledge not afforded to many people, nothing more.  Take advantage of this potential once in a lifetime opportunity and keep your politics out of it.  It's not like Obama, Bush, or Clinton planned on giving political speeches to the teams trying to influence their political ideology.  The media hailstorm he's experiencing is his own fault and he deserves it. I'm not a fan of the pres or govt right now either but I'd still love to go to the white house.  I'll trash the govt in my own way somewhere else.



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:53 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The liberal media is mad, and that means all their sheep are sure to follow their lead. 
The media isn't mad (nor liberal), they are just asking questions. It's their job! It's news worthy as you can tell from the number of responses on this blog. What bothers me is that cry baby Timmy "just wants it to go away"! Wah! Shut up and be a man.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:48 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

YOU know, I meant to type "tax-jerkin Mittie..."



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:48 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

.... which are clearly not rooted in fact.
All evidence to the contrary!



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:47 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I don't see an outcry over our children not being allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance in some public schools anymore, yet one individual who chooses not to visit the President is chastised for his position.  That's BS.
Way to compare apples to razorblades.  Not sure how you feel the two are even remotely similar?



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:47 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Two things here "Einstein:"
It's NOT capitalized when being used a comedic metaphor. Did you guys all get off the same bus?



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:46 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

OR, tax-jerkin' Miltie and Boston Tim would make a great pair of....



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:45 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If I were a teammate of Tim Thomas, I would have given him a good ole fashion ass whoopin, of lovin' kindness!, and straightened out his whinnie little ego.  Hey, not a bad idea for Newtie to ask him to run with him!


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