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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: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:12 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

And once again the press makes something out of nothing.......

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:07 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

He has every right not to go. You jags that feel he has to go because everyone else is doing it are fools. I do not believe it was in his contract. I commend him for standing up for something he believes, and this is actually pretty minor. He didn't spit on Nobama or anyone in government, he just chose not to attend and act like everything in the government is hunky dory. GOOD FOR YOU TT! Maybe someday others will have enough balls to stand up for what they believe.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:43 am

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas made his bed.....

Really, for a 37 year old man, he's pretty naive if he really thought this wouldn't become a story.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:20 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

There's a very simple bottom line to this.
This man diminished a team acheivement by drawing attention to himself. He insulted the office of the Presidency who takes time to honor achievements. I won't even get into his lack of intelligence that can easily be ascertained from his comments.
Bottom line is that we need to get back to the point where people have respect for our institutions in this country, whether it be our flag, our military, our President, whatever.
It's not "pick and choose" to be an American.
I would never let him represent our Country again in any future International event.     

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:57 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Hey harrison -- go look in the mirror for what you call TT...

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:13 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas is a pussy....go have your personal beliefs in Iran you piece of garbage.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:05 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Pay tribute to the President? Did I miss something or do all teams do a curtsy when entering the White House, then promise their neverending allegiance? The President honors THEM for their achievement, that's it. Appreciate your rules on opinions and voting, but what if I'm an indentured servant, can I vote or express my opinion the first 7 years or only after? What if I'm not a land owner? What about the mail I receive, disqualified? What if my kids go to a public school, screwed? Welcome to the 21st century bud. Let me guess, you're about 50 years old and want your country back, about 7 years late there boss. BTW-do we know if Thomas voted last year or what his IQ is? I've heard some of his interviews, not the most eloquent. And since you brought my momma into it, were you one of Big Ben's bodyguards when he was in the bathroom w/ the stripper or is this just an example of how all Pittsburgh animals operate?

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:04 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You have got to be kidding me. His not showing up to pay tribute to the current president....and he's a jackass?! 
Pay tribute to the President? What did the Bruins sacrifice a bear on an altar at the White House? 

He's a jackass for making a PR event for the team about himself, and then whining like a 3 yr old when he gets called on it.

 Were you one of the idiots who jumped the Rangers fan after the winter classic or is this just a perfect example of how all of the philly animals operate?
Coming from a fanbase who assaults pregnant women. Real nice. Pot, it's kettle. 

 If you don't vote and/or don't pay income taxes, you shouldn't be allowed to give any opinion concerning politics....not to mention if your IQ is at or below 78.
Which would be a violation of the constitution, although you are a perfect example of why people in this country shouldn't 

To add, if you receive any sort of free monies or services from the government, this should exempt you from the right to vote.
That rules out Tim Thomas then.... He went to a public university, which receives government funding. 
Tim Thomas has every right, at this time, to express his opinions in any way he sees most effective.
Which is not what people are criticizing him for. He has every right to do act like a dick, and rational people have every right to call him on it. 

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:04 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Burgh you just excluded yourself , Anyone who roots for the Pirates has to have a IQ. Lower than 78 , so please keep your a$$ine opinions to yourself !

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:45 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

The Consititution according to theBurghRules, very nice....... So we only have free speech for people who pay taxes. I'm curious what is the ruling on a Millionaire who manages to pay nothing in income tax??? College students getting a PELL grant, should just stuff an apple in their piehole??? Burgh why don't we do this instead, let Tim Thomas keep all his constitutional rights (which btw he never lost) and let me retain the right to think he is a selfish athlete that cares more about his own political beliefs than he does about his teammates...... Deal????

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