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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:25 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Economy in 2008 with Bush....Terrible

Economy in 2012 with Obama...Decent

Sounds like 4 more years.

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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:24 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

......'It's seperate from hockey, it's about me as an individual not a Boston Bruin, It has nothing to do with hockey'....

The Boston Bruins were invited to the White House not Tim Thomas. Team event, this guy is delusional. Makes a public statement and then wants it to go away.



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:50 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

GridironRat: "Muslim jerk"? What are you talking about? Do you have any basis for this comment? What ignorance!

As for Tim Thomas, I respect your right to make a statement but don't go crying and blaming the media after you do it. Be a man and stand up for your beliefs. So tired of hearing you cry about the media. If you didn't want the attention then you should have gone to the White House. He's coming across as a putelent child instead of a 37 year old man. 


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Since: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:45 am
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Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:38 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

See...there you go, typical NeoNut, making statements that are totally and willfully ignorant. 
Thomas should understand it's a ceremonial invite that was NOT political and is done by ALL
U.S. Presidents regardless of their affiliation or policies...it isn't a 'Democrat' or 'Republican'
thing;  it's an AMERICAN thing.   You don't want to go with your organization to the White House,
BEG OFF...don't ruin the day for your entire team by making a political statement;  it's neither
the time nor the place.  Kind of like using a SPORTS BLOG to bash the President and his policies.
This is exactly the kind of thing driving a WEDGE between otherwise friendly citizens across the USA.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:30 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Economy with Obuma decent? Yeah.....if you like food stamps! Wake up!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:28 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I regret to say that I voted for Obama.  I think Thomas is completely within his rights not to go.  He's not the first player to do this.  If anything, maybe it distances him from Obama loyalist fans in the New England area, but I have a hard time seeing why anyone else would care about this.  To me, missing the opportunity to meet a sitting president is his loss, but his choice nonetheless.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:28 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Economy in 2008 with Bush....Terrible

Economy in 2012 with Obama...Decent

Sounds like 4 more years.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:19 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

god forbid someone takes a stance against the worst president in the history of mankind....



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:17 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I have no problem with Thomas not attending, but you can't say it's not political and then make a political statement. I wonder if Thomas would have attended if McCain wass President and things were exactly the same in the country (because they would be). Republicans and Democrats are the same, people, they're all corporate lackeys that will sell our rights and freedoms down the road for campaign donations. 


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