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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 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:51 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The President has done a more than admirable job in restoring this great nation after eight years of deplorable conservative leadership
How much ether did you huff before you typed that?



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:59 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Mr. Thomas is right, has been right and will continue to be right on this matter.

Those viewing it otherwise, would be best served by not continuing to view this (and lots of other things) through media-colored glasses.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:54 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Good for him!

Glad to see someone with a pair stand up and say enough of the BS!



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:50 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It's always funny how the self-proclaimed "most patriotic" Americans seem to also have the same self-enabled and promoted ability to trash any/all parts of the country and its representation they don't approve including soldiers in the US service as well as its Commander in Chief (or even during a State of the Union address).

Of course, if/when these same protests are proclaimed by the "socialist liberal left" they are always considered defenseless traitors.

Probably not a big surprise their so-called biblical ethics are hypocritical and malleable as well.   



Since: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:47 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Well said
 



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:44 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

He didn't vote for the man, he doesn't support him, so why should he go and shake the man's hand? That would make him a hypocrite.
No it wouldn't.  That is where politics has gone so wrong in this country.  You don't have to agree with a man to show him respect.  You don't even have to agree with him to be his friend.  But a certain segment of the population, and this trend goes back a couple of decades, believes that when people pursue policies they don't agree with this is somehow a mark of poor character.  And that attitude is as dangerous to the republic as any ill-concieved policy, because it undermines good faith attemtps to create a better future.



Since: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:39 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The President has done a more than admirable job in restoring this great nation after eight years of deplorable conservative leadership.  Shame on you for your base understanding of political reality.  The business of leading this nation has always been, and will always be the task of progressively brilliant minds and intellect.   Keep listening to entertainers like Limbaugh and Beck for your political education  Keep voting against your own interest.  Your ignorance is scary. 
 



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:03 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

JHayes - That's the problem with this country right now. People that didn't vote for the sitting President don't support him - in fact, often times, they downright disrespect him. That's not a knock on just conservatives for not supporting Barack Obama; it's also a knock on liberals for not supporting George Bush when he was in office.

People in this country are granted a right to freedom of speech. People are free to express their views without the fear of prosecution. But just because people have that right doesn't mean they have to be disrespectful or rude while using it. In my opinion - and in the opinion of many - Tim Thomas disrespected the President of the United States by rejecting his invitation to the White House.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:37 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

LIZARD_KING, do you even think about the stupid bullshit that spews from your ass before you let it go, or can you just not control your rectal muscles?  Because that HAS to be where your stupid shit comes from, your ass.  Rant?  He was asked for an explanation...he gave it.  Political?  He PERSONALLY feels Yomama is a dicktard, and he PERSONALLY chooses not to be in the presence of an asshole.  Believe it or not, that is his right.  And it is your right to spew your idiocy...and it is MY right to say you're a fucking moron.  How does it feel to know that this guy, who can't stomach the guy you apparently are in love with, will always be richer and a better man than you will ever be?



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:08 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You're a moron. It's not a dick move to stand by your convictions. If anything it's an admirable, honest quality that most Americans would do well to incorporate. Instead of being two-faced and dishonest, like most society is, this man is standing by his beliefs. He didn't vote for the man, he doesn't support him, so why should he go and shake the man's hand? That would make him a hypocrite.


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