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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: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:03 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

pn21250, " but mine is not a political opinion, just an opinion" wanna bet? Pretty naive statement. They could politicize a bowel movement. The media blows, that includes the "sports types". You know that. I hate the Bruins. TT is cool in my books.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:59 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

What's the problem here?  So, Thomas is supposed to go to the WH and be Obama's prop?  The President is destroying the country and he is supposed to be proud to shake his hand?  Admittedly, he probably should have gone and when shacking Obama's hand, when Obama comments on what a great job he did, he should have responded "wish I could say that same for you."



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:40 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It was a d.i.ck move by Thomas to take the stand he did.  Yes it is his right just like it's the right of people to call him out on it.

And yes, I would probably fall under the 'conservative' label.  I think Obama is a retard (much like the president before him) but mine is not a political opinion, just an opinion. 



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:38 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Patsfan, Thomas tried to keep this lowkey???? Really, thats what he was attempting to do, keep it low key???? No, he wanted to make a statement, but he doesn't want to answer any questions about it afterward. Sorry man, you can't have it both ways. If he wanted to keep this low key, he sure picked a curious way to go about it. How about he said NOTHING at all, instead of his rant. That might have been low key, but no he laid a rant out there. For him to profess this wasn't "political" is the biggest joke I have ever heard. This had EVERYTHING to do with HIS politics.... Sounds like Timmy got more than he bargained for. Does he not realize how the media works by now????? Holy crap what a surprise they are asking him about it now. Get used to iut, it isn't going to stop anytime soon. Neither will the boos from the other half of the population that thinks he is an asshole!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:29 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Sorry but from what I've read Thomas has an ego, and is only out for himself.  He's not a team player and he wanted to make a spectacle of himself....and did just that. 



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:29 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Sounds like maybe someone should have thought this through a little more if you didn't want to deal with the aftershocks. Sorry Tim, this had everything to do with hockey. This wasn't a political event at the White House, this was "HOCKEY related", it was a Boston Bruins team event. Maybe you should have realized that, before you put your beliefs ahead of your team..... 



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:22 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Since when does a championship team visiting the whitehouse become a political event? What Thomas did is not any different from what the Arizona state governor did, he just wanted to disrespect our non-white elected president. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:19 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The media is to blame for this??? Give me a break! This whole "controversy" has been driven by Thomas. He wanted to make a political statement and get media attention, and he did. If he does't want the media talking about it, then he should shut up.


Incorrect. Thomas said nothing until the team asked him to explain to the media. Thomas then made the comments on facebook, NIT to the media. Now the media as always has their teeth into it and it is a largely overblown crap story as usual. So Thomas tried to keep it low key and the media wouldnt let it happen. Try getting your facts straight please.




Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:58 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The media is to blame for this??? Give me a break! This whole "controversy" has been driven by Thomas. He wanted to make a political statement and get media attention, and he did. If he does't want the media talking about it, then he should shut up.



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:57 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Of course he doesn't have to go visit the White House and the President, but the controversy was at least partly because he bailed out on his team.  For all we know there are other Bruins that feel the same way but still went because it is the reasonable, the traditional thing to do.


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