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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: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:34 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Not a hockey fan at all, but I completely agree with Tim Thomas and his right to choose not to go to the White House. It doesn't mean he doesn't embrace his championship or love his country. The people of the 1700's loved this country too, but that didn't stop them from disagreeing with the government that ruled them!
Great post! Our Founding Fathers were rebels with a cause. That cause changed the world forever and for the better.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:32 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The President does this almost solely for a photo opportunity.
Bingo!

I mean really. Obama is a Chicago fan and doesnt give a rats azz about Boston teams
He also knows nothing about hockey. He couldn't tell the difference between the blue line and red line.


I just wonder why more people do not understand that.
It's because too many don't understand the reality of politics and believe sports are what they were in the 1950's. The 1960's changed that with the Olympic fist pumpers and Ali.Then the 70's had Billie Jean King.Sports and politics aren't separate and in reality never were.



Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:29 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Not a hockey fan at all, but I completely agree with Tim Thomas and his right to choose not to go to the White House. It doesn't mean he doesn't embrace his championship or love his country. The people of the 1700's loved this country too, but that didn't stop them from disagreeing with the government that ruled them!



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:29 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

F-ck Maobama and his pinko minions.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:26 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I would do the same. This Manchurian Candidate is a communist, liar, fraud, anti-white racist, a racial inciter/divider.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:26 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Well said Tim Thomas. These "ceremonies" are first a hugh waste of time. But, then BO is a hugh waste of time as POTUS. He is the essence of the Peter Principle that often one rises to their level of incompetence.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:26 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

 Of course, sooner rather than later Thomas and the Bruinsare 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, , on the roster. Not because he skipped out on taking a trip to visit the President. 
Sooner or later, you will write an intelligent, original fact based article that adds value to the game, rather than continually robbing readers of extra minutes of life. Though the odds of that are slim. Of course, being 37 and living in your parents basement has clouded you real world objectivity. The fact that they have bought a new dog and paced it on the roster, implies that they are therefore ready to move on as well. 



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:21 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Good for him. I would have done the same thing. I too, feel the same, and loathe the communist, racist, fraud, liar in the  white house too.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:16 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It is a political tradition that goes back many years and on both sides of the aisle.  Teams and players should embrace their championship and their (hopefully) love of country and go to The White House regardless of political preferences.  This is a country of many and we all have different views.  This is sports, and there used to be respect for the Office of The President regardless of who holds the office.  We need to get back to love of country first.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:12 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I don't remember Michael Jordan or Packer Mark Chmura catching this much grief by refusing to go to the White House. Thomas isn't the first athlete to turn down an invite to Pennsylvania Ave. and he won't be the last.



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