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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: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:06 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

 
 So what if he chose not to go?  He is an American citizen and he had every right to do what he did. 

And now he has to face the music in the court of public opinion for acting like a jackass. 
...phil-e-phan


You have got to be kidding me. His not showing up to pay tribute to the current president....and he's a jackass?! 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? I firmly believe in a couple of things here. 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. To add, if you receive any sort of free monies or services from the government, this should exempt you from the right to vote. Tim Thomas has every right, at this time, to express his opinions in any way he sees most effective. I happen to support him 100 percent. Kudos to Tim!!




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I get the republican vs. democrat rift in the comments here, fine, but do not criticize the man for exercising his Constitutional freedoms, please.
Who has said what he did violated the law? People do deplorable things all the time that come with exercising their Constitutional freedoms.  

 So what if he chose not to go?  He is an American citizen and he had every right to do what he did. 

And now he has to face the music in the court of public opinion for acting like a jackass. 



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

When almost 60% of people in the USA would like to see EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPLACED, then there are an incredible amount of people who feel the same way as Thomas does.
This of course is simply not the truth, but it sure sounds good in a rant!

 The visit with any president is a joke anyway, as far as I am concerned. If it was a honor to go, then they would actually have a forum to express their thoughts and views on the country, not just stand their to get their pictures taken with the president so they can feel subservient one more time. Ridiculous.    
You want the president to solicit advice on public policy from a team made up mostly of Canadians and guys who grew up behind the Iron Curtain?

Is this a joke or are you really this insane? 



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:39 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

To all of you posting against Thomas for this, I would like to ask you one simple question; DO YOU THINK HE IS WRONG IN HIS POSITION ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?????? I don't think so. If there were a million or more (not sure what actual number is) people who supported that stupid Occupy Wall Street, there must be many more who feel the governments are hosing people. When almost 60% of people in the USA would like to see EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPLACED, then there are an incredible amount of people who feel the same way as Thomas does.

 So, if you disagree with what he is saying, then post away. If you are just being an azz and claiming that this has nothing to do with hockey, then you are a fool. The guy has a life outside of hockey, just like all of you have a life outside of your work.

 My persoanl opinion on the White House trip is 'who cares'? I think athletes spend enough time of their lives shucking and jiving for fans during the season that they don't need to take on the organ grinding monkey role when the season is over as well. The visit with any president is a joke anyway, as far as I am concerned. If it was a honor to go, then they would actually have a forum to express their thoughts and views on the country, not just stand their to get their pictures taken with the president so they can feel subservient one more time. Ridiculous.    



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

And Americans also have the freedom to comment on things (See Amendment #1), even when the commentee (In this case Tim Thomas) doesn't like it. This was a political statement, pure and simple. He knew what he was doing, and now he's crying about the attention he sought? He's dumber than I thought. Here's a bit of common sense advice for a celebrity; inject yourself into politics, especially during a major election cycle, and expect to get LOTS of attention, both good and bad.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

GoMizzou, I won't go as far as to criticize any of Obama's policies in particular, but you basic argument is spot on.  Look people, the man made a choice, and America was founded on freedoms, including freedom of choice.  I applaud Thomas for that, and I have no issue whatsoever with his actions.  And as far as I am concerned, Obama and the office of the President are the same thing right now, so to use that argument against Thomas is nonsensical.  I get the republican vs. democrat rift in the comments here, fine, but do not criticize the man for exercising his Constitutional freedoms, please.  So what if he chose not to go?  He is an American citizen and he had every right to do what he did. 



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:05 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

and you are a brainwashed idiot who doesnt know his head from his ass.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Policy after policy contrary to ones beliefs is continuously introduced from "THE OFFICE" of a president.  Don't think it's a snub no matter which way you lean.  Could understand why Bush haters snubbed him during his run. 

Just not used to this because usually it's the Rep/Cons gettting the snub and the media and most people defending it.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

So are you and everyone else! you make on sense. the federal reserve is owned by foreigners did you know that? so ignorant and nislead. keep watching fox and cnn really upto date news!! soooooo stupid. now you wonder why people in other countries think americans are fools, well its people like "thegup" that give us a bad rap. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Great stuff Timmy!  if only some of these so called "Reporters" can grow some and call it as it really is! Instead they would rather talk about you speaking the truth. What a bunch of ignorant cowards all these reporters and haters are. This country once a great country has slipped into practically a 3rd world country, and all anyone can say is that why didn't Timmy go to the white house!

Wow what a mess this country really is. brain dead people from reporters to all the haters. Stop protecting the wrong people and start sticking together. Is that possible or would you prefer to hate your neighbor?? 


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