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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, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I think it's good that athletes, actors, and other celebrities use their popularity to forward issues they are passionate about.  Just think how impactful black athletes were in the 60s to forward civil rights.  Muhammad Ali took a ton of heat, a prison term, and his championship belt to protest the Vietnam War.  The history of America is riddled with famous people who have given up/risked so much in support of their beliefs.  And that's my problem with Tim Thomas.

First, unlike other athletes who have stood up for their beliefs, he is unwilling to deal with the impact.  He refuses to discuss further and doesn't want it to effect him.  All he wanted to do is what a child does... pout about something and then go play.  If he truly is passionate about his beliefs then he should be willing to deal with the ramifications of those beliefs.  

Secondly, he's representing an exaggerated cause.  Politics aside, the US is not spiraling out of being a democratic country.  anyone who thinks regulating banks a bit more or giving healthcare to all citizens is turning us away from democracy needs to stop watching Fox News and read a book or two.  So he is seen by most people as more representing a fringe that has always existed in this country.  A fringe that includes people like Tim McVeigh, the KKK, David Koresh, and all those other crazed outfits dressed in camaflouge playing weekend warriors out there. These are all groups that have justified their actions by saying the govt is too involved in their lives.  Sure there are fine poeple that are libertarians, but you are often judged by the company you keep.

So Tim, either stand up for your beliefs in a public debate or just shut up.  Don't start no sh*t if you don't want no sh*t.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Hats off to Tim Thomas, He has plenty of support

This administration has plenty of blood on it's hands.  There are far more children killed in the womb than on the battlefield, and Obama has pushed abortion since day one.


Thomas showed some backbone by not winking and nodding at the horrors of this president's policies, and I applaud the move.  



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

pgh, you are right, it is Thomas's choice, and I applaud him for it.  But you are wrong in the second part of your statement, because the "man" is the office right now, clearly.  I have no issue with Thomas and I hope this goes away soon



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:06 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Still his choice. However IT'S RESPECT THE OFFICE, not the man.



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:02 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

You, sir, are an idiot.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:47 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Obama is a foreigner and and a fraud.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:45 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

None of the US born Bruins should have gone to the WH.  Obama hates America and is trying to destroy it.  Anyone who suupports him is with him, whether they realize it or not.  He is more dangerous than 100 Bin Ladens.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:41 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

 ........thanx for that CBS



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:39 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

first and foremost I dont like Obama and/or his policies. But Tim Thomas not going to the White House was pretty lame. I dont care who the President is or if they are in the party I vote for, meeting the President is a once and a lifetime thing and although I think hes been a terrible president I would still like to be able to say I got to meet ANY president. This was obviously a political stance by Thomas and although this wasnt the best forum for him to do this, it is what he felt he had to do. Maybe meeting the president isnt an honor to some- I dont know. whats really pathetic is some of the arguments Ive read on here, its definitely been amateur night for many of the posters on here. Some of the outlandish comments on this thread would be better served for the MSNBC crowd not Sportsline.....



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:37 am
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

first and foremost I dont like Obama and/or his policies. But Tim Thomas not going to the White House was pretty lame. I dont care who the President is or if they are in the party I vote for, meeting the President is a once and a lifetime thing and although I think hes been a terrible president I would still like to be able to say I got to meet ANY president. This was obviously a political stance by Thomas and although this wasnt the best forum for him to do this, it is what he felt he had to do. Maybe meeting the president isnt an honor to some- I dont know. whats really pathetic is some of the arguments Ive read on here, its definitely been amateur night for many of the posters on here. Some of the outlandish comments on this thread would be better served for the MSNBC crowd not Sportsline.....


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