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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: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:45 am
 

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.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:45 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

James Harrison also refused to go when Obama was in office. Same w/ Dan Hampton/Obama from the old Bears team. Jordan w/ Bush. Epstein w/ Bush.  I think Jordan just wanted to play golf instead. This kind of thing happens under every president from time to time. Difference is, none of them issued a statement like Thomas (at least I don't think Epstein did). Again, his right.

As far as this being a political event, please. These events at the White House occur w/ barely any media coverage anymore because it happens w/ all presidents, every year, w/ every winning team from major sports. I'm not aware of any voter or approval "bump" that any president gets from any team visit. They don't talk politics or sign any pledges/pacts supporting the president. It's a tradition and nothing else. Thomas refusal to go, or more importanly, his statement, is the reason this is getting all the attention, nothing else. He's either very naive or a mastermind when referring to the media frenzy, because that's the world we live in now.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:44 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Two things here "Einstein:"

1) He never claimed the White House "needed" a photo op. The fact is, however, that there WERE looking for one. Just like the adminstration before this one, and the one before him, and so on, through the course of major professional sports in this country. Thomas chose not to involve himself in some cheaply disguised White House photo op and have his likeness used in support of re-electing a politician he doesn't support. It's his right.

2) "So called liberal media." Seriously? Even the media outlets themselves have known for decades they are extraordinarily left-leaning. With the exception of Fox News, the media has trended more and more to left for the last 80 years. There is no "so-called" about it. The owners are Republicans? Ted Turner owns CNN. Hardly a Republican. The Walt Disney Company owns ABC. Hardly a Republican-owned company. I'll let you figure it out from there. 

I love your attitude, calling someone "world class stupid," while spouting off about your own opinions, which are clearly not rooted in fact. Welcome to the political climate of America, ladies and gentlemen.



Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:44 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I suppose if there's separation of church and state, he could at least claim he had a Bible Study to attend in lieu of the WH event...



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:43 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The term liberal media referrs to those speaking and writing, not those who may own.  CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and most newspapers are left leaning.
Psssst ... facts do have a liberal bias.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:42 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

That's BS.  I personally feel the same way he does, and I too may have made the same decision. 
Not attending is/was the cowards way out. If he had any real balls he would have gone and personally expressed his displeasure.

For others of you, if you would choose to go and mingle with the "greatest food stamp President" our country has ever seen, have at it!  It is your choice.
Heh ... another republican who "thinks" accountability has an experation date. Bush got us into this mess and while it has taken longer than hoped to get us out of it President Obama has at least stopped the flood.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:41 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

What liberal media is owned by republicans.
Ok ... I'll educate you. ABC, NBC and CBS are ALL operated by conservative managment groups (google it ... it'll be fun for you.)

I think most are owned by stock holders, and they can be from either party.
So, you are already contradicting your "liberal media" comment?

Maybe I should type slower so you can understand.  The term liberal media referrs to those speaking and writing, not those who may own.  CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and most newspapers are left leaning.  That would be the writers and commentators.  Fox News is always called right wing and this and that, and they surely lean to the right.  The others all lean to the left.  You may be so far to the left that you cannot see it, but everyone else can at least acknowledge that FACT. 



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:38 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

We as americans have become a bunch of sissys. Socail Media has ruined many lifes in this country be it famous or just the average joe, kinda sad but i dont blame him for not going, shit i skip out of family shit cause wheni have a day off i just wanna relax and not deal with bullshit



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:37 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I like how he tries to say it was his right as an individual eventhough he is apart of a team. The invitation was to the players of the Boston Bruins not Tim Thomas. The Bruins should fine him for not showing up for a team meeting. I am pretty sure Tim Thomas did win the Stanley Cup it was the Bruins. What a tool so I wonder if Newt Gingrich will ask him to be his running mate



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:37 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The more I read this fools comment the funnier it gets. Tim makes a baltant "public" political statement and then cries when he gets called to the carpet for it.

Just who is being thin skinned there little man?
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.  I am just pointing out how funny you clowns are.  Where were you when republican presidents were getting jilted by other athletes?  No where, because it did not work into your political agenda.  Tim never cried, he just said he did not want to go and visit the white house.  When did that become a crime?  Grow up. 



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