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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: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:16 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Did you get that thought from Barbara Streisand, Tim Robbins or one of the other entertainers who have trained the liberal left?  This issue is simple.  A man excercises his right to refuse to attend an event.  It isn't some nefarious plot to embarrass the Presdient, the office of the President, the Bruins or anyone else.  I personally would have gone if I was Tim, but I'm not.  The only thing here that is deplorable is that the Liberal Left AND the Conservative Right are too arrogant and ignorant to realize that neither is the sole purveyor of all that is right for this country, and they refuse to compromise.  The extreme left and right are what is destroying this country, and your ridiculous comments Thomas Paine make you part of that problem.  You do not deserve to invoke the name of one of our great Americans as your CBS Sportsline name.  Lastly, did you make sure to take Theo Epstein to task in 2008 when he refused to join the Red Sox at the George Bush White House celebration? 

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:13 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I am not really sure why professional sports franchises go to the white house anyway. We won a national award at my job but I didn't get to go to meet the president. Why is their job any more important on that front than mine? I am not Obama supporter either, but it seems to me that this guy really doesn't care about the indivisual in office, he is a libertarian and feels the country is getting far away from the constitution, and he is of course correct on that.

Though most people incuding probably Mr Thomas are not constitutional scholars they know when things are differetnt han they were, and for the worse. Obviously the congress and the president do not directly violate the constitution. We have far too many lawyers in this country that would ram that down their throats all the way to the Supreme Court charged with preventing such things from happening, but they do skirt the edges far worse than the founding fathers intended.

My feeling is that times change and so should the constitution. Many of those people were the geniuses of their time, and most far more educated than almost anyone that has served in congress for the last 50 years at least, however there is no way for them to forsee what the world and this country would become after 250 years, multiple wars, and the invention of electricity. No way for them to forsee how small and available the entire world would become. No way to tell that we would not be isolated form the rest of the worls as we were then, and no way to forsee that one day the country would not be run by the best person available, ie the best of them. If you think anyone then intended a flag burning to be an ok display of freedom of speech, or that they intended people be able to carry an automatic machine gun when given the right to bear arms, you are mistaken. libertarians are just as guilty of damaging the country by trying ot hold onto many constitutional statement that simply have been outgrown over the centuries.

That said, you must tread lightly when changing any rule that that this nation will be governed by, possibly forever. I think everyone agrees that Tim Thomas was completely withing his right to not go to the white house and for him, perpetrate fraud. Some think for the sake of the feel good situation, in spite of his own feelings he should have sucked it up, went on the trip, spent the 5 minutes, shook the presidents hand, and moved on. I disagree. I think he did just what he should have, and it should not have been a big deal. If they really wanted to show TT a lesson, it would have been a non story and his political statement would never have been noticed. Thus making it insignificant and really no statement at all.

As an American, if he refused to stand for the national anthem or something equally disrespectful to the men and women who died to give him that right, then I would be upset with him. Simply not showing blind support for what he believes to be the people violating the document that is the guide for our government is the purest form of patriotism. After all that is what started the whole thing 250 years ago to beging with right? I neither applaud nor criticize, but I do support his actions. I agre with him to an extent, but I probably would have gone on the trip. I wonder how much more or less of a big del it would have been if he were russian?

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:56 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If he thought he could be the only person on his team to snub a very public meeting w/ the President of the United States and keep it under the radar, then he has taken far too many pucks to the head...

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:55 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If Thomas didn't want to go then he didn't want to go.  There should be nothing more to it.  Of course, the media has an ongoing and slobbering love affair with Obama so anything perceived to be against him...they're going to drum it up.  If he feels the same way next time then do the same thing and don't worry about the lunatics in the media.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:54 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

"It's the media's fault" has about the same ring as "I did not knowingly take a tainted supplement... The manufacturer must've spiked it."

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:20 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It really doesn't matter who gets into office, they just end up going against everythign they said during their campaigns anyway!  Has any one president really moved forward with their campaign promises? They all end up being a$$holes in the end!!

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:15 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

And I think that Ether was coming from Obamas a$$ !!  LOL

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:13 am


Tim Thomas for president! That has a much nicer ring than Obama for President doesn't it? - For all you a$$holes out there who can't read the writing on the wall, leave this guy the hell alone. He has his right to not suck the a$$ of the guy who is ruining this country day by day! Who the hell cares if he goes or doesn't go to the White House!! I would have done the same thing. Stick to your guns Tim, for you are more of an American for sticking to your rights than the Muslim jerk we have in the White House now!!


Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:05 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

ThomasPaine-whether you are a dem or rep, to say that the Pres had done a more than admirable job, well I think you ate too much paste when you were a child.  While I think he has been good on foreign policy, he has been a mess domestically.  An admirable job doesn't take an already huge 9 trillion deficit and turn it into a 15 trillion deficit in 3 years.  The is the man that when running in 2008 said it was fiscally irresponsible that the deficit increased by 4 trillion over the 8 years Bush was in office.  Very true, but also very hypocritical apparently  All his programs and ideas are debt financed.  He blames Congress for not giving him a blank check, yet hasn't been able to get a Dem Senate to produce a budget in 3 years.  Instead of concentrating on jobs and the deficit in his first 2 years, he jammed a less than stellar health care plan down are throats, that we cannot afford.  He also ran on "transparency" (Solyndra), I think not.  The guy that said he would reach across the aisle and bring the 2 parties together, has been the most divisive President we have ever had.  This country hasn't been this divided since before the Civil War.  It probably doesn't help that he talks "at" people instead of "to" people, and he spent the first 2 years of his term blaming the previous administration. That isn't very Presidential, in fact I have never heard another President do that before.  He has been completely hypocriticial by chastising Wall Street execs for lavish business trips and dealings and ethics, yet he takes 17 day vacations that cost the taxpayers 4 million dollars, takes ungodly amounts of their contributions for his campaign, and his AG hasn't prosecuted any of them from the financial meltdown in 2008.  If you think this is really a more than admirable job, then I guess you have been living in a cave for the past 3 years.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:01 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Hello everyone!  I am the newest member of the Tim Thomas Fan Club.  This guy has some kazoobers!!

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