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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: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:01 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Starblazer you infant.  Every President does this and yes it's a photo op, that's how this works in big people land.  Thomas didn't do anything other than whine about why he didn't want to go via online media.  That's his choice.  He's not a hero.  He isn't some kind of messiah, ringing in the bells of freedom. He's just an aging hockey player with opinions which he is entiled to.  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.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:58 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

How dare anyone engage in any free thinking and not follow the herd. That's all that TT did. And now the liberal media and liberal left crucify. What a bunch of hypocrites. If someone had dared to not attend a similar Bush ceromy in say 2007, the libs would've annoited him to Sainthood. TT did what he did very respectfully and spelled out his rationale. Since when is it it a moral crime to engage in free thinking and make a personal decision based on ones principals. All you haters of TT miss the point of Freedom of Speach and Self Determination. Read the Bill of Rights.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:56 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I don't care what his views are.   Millions agree, millions disagree, but a large percentage of people that know who he is have an emotional response to an act and statement like TT made.   He may have well taken a strong stance on abortion one way or the other.  

It speaks volumes about his decision making process (he's know reinforced beliefs that goalies are nutty) that he would be aggravated with the exposure and sensationalist media coverage.    He signed a major contract for a major franchise in a major media market, and he's a multiple award winner and SC champ, the spotlight was on him no matter what he did.     

Standing up for your convictions is great, but know the damn consequences for your team, franchise, and family beforehand.   He was a naive self-centered azzwipe if he didn't know the kind of B.S. that was going to come from this thing.    After he's done being aggravated I hope he takes time to appreciate what the franchise and teammates are doing to smooth this thing over because it seems to me it would have been unlikely that he would do the same for them.

There is nothing wrong with having strong political convictions, but there's plenty to criticize in how he's gone about expressing those convictions.   He should have retired if he didn't want media attention, it's nothing new and neither is anything he's done.

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.


That line of thought works in some sort of entertainment utopia, but he's an idiot for thinking that his thoughts there would be shared by the media or all fans.   Hate the game Tim Thomas, but it's been played the same for quite a long time now.   I just hope he really doesn't believe those thoughts expressed in that quote.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:55 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

FREEDOM demands of US - the U.S. - to show respect!  NOTHING else. Respect for others, for God, for ALL people, straight and gay, all races and creeds.  DO NO harm.  DO not do violence.  FREEDOM demands us to be repsectful.  Mr. Thomas failed himself, his teammates and his country.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:48 am

Never ripped him for his disrespect to the man

I dislike his admiration of white slave owners,that mental case Glenn Beck,who was to crazy for even Fox "News" (if you can imagine THAT!),and his disrespect for the Office of President of The USA.That`s all.He`s perfectly free to be an idiot and act like one.I`m just not fussy about his choice of mentors.
Thomas is American.You`re family`s not living off of any "old "money by any chance are they Timmy ? That`d sure help explain a few things

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:45 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

SHOW respect for YOUR TEAMMATES and the insitution of the WHITE HOUSE.  If you want to protest, do something worthwhile and drink some tea, or better yet, go to OCCUPY BOSTON.  But don't be a first class childish JERK, and rip the President of the United States and YOUR teammates.  Oh, you don't care about respect, the United States and your teammates?

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:42 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Be a MATURE man, Mr Thomas.  YOU were to be honored at a WHITE HOUSE reception with your TEAMMATES!.  OHH, you don't care about the WHITE HOUSE, or YOUR teamates.  Mr. Thomas, you showed STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE.

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:40 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Only one thing to say to Magoo- you're an idiot, how's that for freedom of speech. You're clueless like most of our of the individuals that represen
t us in congress...I respect the office of the president , not the person who currently holds the office. Why are you so worked up about Thomas not going to a "photo opp with the president" when we have individuals in this country that have no problem burning our flag or occuping someones land because "they" say it's their right? I love sports but in the grand scheme of things it not that important.  

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:38 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

of course the media's going after him...he dare speaketh out against their messiah obama...

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:36 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Of course, being 37 and living in your parents basement has clouded you real world objectivity
Have you ever noticed how he looks like Waldo from the "Where's Waldo" books?

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