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

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas is from near where I live.  He's a great goalie.  Unfortunately he is also a selfish douche to his teammates and fans for taking a political stand.  Like Obama or not, he is the President and this is a ceremony honoring his team in the White House.  Plain in simple, he made a political statement by not attending.  I'm sick of athletes and celebrities saying "I did this as in individual" and not as a member of their team.  It doesn't work out.  Charles Barkley didn't want to be counted as a role model and Thomas doesn't want to have this reflect on his being a hockey player.  Well, it is one and the same.  You signed up to be a celebrity and now whether you like it or not it takes on a bigger face to the general public.  He should have celebrated the championship team he works for by standing with his teammates, however, it is his right not to.  But, by doing so he decided to publicly make a political statement.  Either own the statement or shut up, but don't say it is media driven when you drove it.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:09 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Good for you Tim, The Globe is filled with libarals anyway, of course they are going to take a shot at you if you disagree with their ideology.  Had this been during the Bush Presidency, they'd have applauded you for the same thing... its a double standard.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:06 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Just a quick note. To all those who keep saying that the invite has nothing to do with politics. You are so wrong,it is only about politics. The President does this almost solely for a photo opportunity. Plain and simple. I mean really. Obama is a Chicago fan and doesnt give a rats azz about Boston teams or other cities for that matter. He is keeping the photo opp tradition going to keep advancing his politcal career. So it has EVERYTHING to do with politics, especially if you disagree with the policies of the President. I just wonder why more people do niot understand that.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:03 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

"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."   When are athletes going to realize that while they are stars, the media, fans, team and general public will not separate "personal beliefs" from their role as a hockey player for a team. The same goes for a CEO of a major corporation who beaks off at a non-company function.  The sooner athletes realize this, the sooner we have to stop listening to them "blame everyone else for misunderstanding their perspective".



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:58 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I am completely with him, there is no reason for me to forgo my beliefs and meet this president for any reason.  Obama does not deserve to have the privelige to meet me.  I applaud Thomas for standing up for his beliefs, he made a huge statement with it.  If more would be like that maybe Obama would see that the people do not agree with his policies that make government bigger and more intrusive into our daily lives.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:47 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Even if you believe that you gotta shut your mouth and go to the White House. To many people take it personal. Don't these players have managers and PR reps?



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:40 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I love ya THOMAS ; p - U gave us a CUP last year! Smile ( and maybe another one this year ???? ; ) - But your "quirky personality" has landed U in a bit of hot water here - and it 'was' AVOIDABLE ! You should have GONE to the White House - It's an "AMERICAN" tradition to be invited by the President - for All Championship Teams in Sports - You should have been there WITH YOUR TEAM - This invite had NOTHING to do with Politics! This was simply one of those times where you GRIN and "BEAR" it ! ( just like a visit to the In-Laws for Dinner ! ) TSK TSK TSK ... The unfortunate part about ALL of this ... I have a BAD feeling you're awesome goal-tending is about to take a negative slide - and ultimately, this poor-decision ( bad time and place to make 'your own' political stand ) is going to cost U a Starting position on the YOUR Team, and it's going to cost YOUR Team some un-timely losses, which will ultimately cost YOUR team some points in the standings, and Home-Ice advantage in the Playoffs - and perhaps an earlier exit this year Frown 



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:32 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I support Tim Thomas' actions and the media needs to move on to the next story they can run into the ground.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:30 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Economy in 2008 with Bush....Terrible

Economy in 2012 with Obama...Decent

Sounds like 4 more years.


And worst post of the year goes too.........



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:27 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The tag line for this story on the cbssports homepage says "Thomas rips the media" lol. The story goes on to quote Thomas's comments: "I think it's all media-driven right now. It has been from the start." He really "ripped" the media with those comments. 

If you ever thought the media, including this company, weren't blood-sucking, manipulative, meddling, leaches, this example is just one of many that should convince you otherwise. 


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