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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: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:21 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

timmy, i could see your point if bush and cheney were in the white house, but obama, what gives tim, you might have seen the most beatiful first lady of all time!!!!! she's hot!!!!!!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:55 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You must be another job-less douche, because anyone who works in coporate America gets that what you do reflects on the company who pays you.
Tim Thomas is an employee of the Boston Bruins, their ownership may be huge supporters of the Obama Administration and it is there opinion that matters.
When Thomas owns the team, he can express his views in an arena that is viewed as a team opinion.  When your team wins the cup and you are invited as a part of the organization, you attend whether you believe in it or not, it's called living up to your responsibilities as a member of a corporation.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:49 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas was not invited to the White House......The Boston Bruins were.  For Thomas to say that his position on this comes from him as an individual and he gets to choose whether or not he attends is off base at its core.  The team was invited as the winner of the Stanley Cup, Tim Thomas was a part of that win and should attend; if nothing else to support his team mates.
If Tim Thomas wants to make a personal stand on the state of the union, great, but don't crap on your team and organization. 
He could come up with a million ways to express his views when they are personal and he could have done them on his time; instead he intentionally chose to use up team time and selfishly.
If Thomas was not clear that this would be his last year in Boston before this stupid move, it should be now.....Tuuka Rask will be starting next year and Thomas can be a back up for Columbus or some other bottom team.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:35 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It was a rough 8 and its been a rougher 4 The media is so biased towards the left that it is laughable, We are talking about a Hockey player and why Athletes or actors are given 2 seconds when it come to politics is ludicrous. We like their movies or their play other than that WHO CARES  

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:18 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Thomas has every right to decline

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:04 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You're right, it is a free country. But what you and Thomas don't respect is that the media also has freedom. Another thing he missed was that this is not his private life. He was invited to meet the leader of the free world AS A MEMBER OF THE BOSTON BRUINS. If he wasn't a hockey player who's team won the Stanley Cup, no one would give a rats ass what his political opinions are. He chose to insult the President of the United States to protest what, in his opinion, are flawed government policies. This is what we vote for. We vote every four years and the person who receives the most votes gets to run the country for four years. At that point, we should all support what the elected president attempts to do. If at the end of the four years we aren't satisfied with what he did, then we vote for someone else. What we shouldn't do is become obstructionist jack asses who can never accept that other people have different opinions. Bottom line Tim is you make a lot of money playing hockey, but this doesn't make your political opinions any more pertinent than any other citizen. And you should respect the office of the President even if you don't respect the man in the office. God knows we had a rough eight years doing that prior to 2008.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:22 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Its a free country.
He is a douche-nozzel. 

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:58 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas made his decision and i respect that. He doesn't need to comment on the subject for an umpteenth time. After all, he simply criticized the way the current government is running things. He didn't attack anyone individually. Being from Quebec, this happens every day and nobody makes a huge fuss about it. Why should this be any different?

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:26 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

This is a FREE country. He has every right to stand for what he believes. Anyone who thinks otherwise better re-read the US Constitution. If people didn't rebel, then we never would have had the Revolution and this country would never have gotten to where it is today. This society has become a bunch of oversensitive politically correct babies. Every one wants every one to apologize for everything that doesn't go along with mainstream opinion. GET OVER IT!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:22 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I stand with Thomas!  Get off his back already!

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