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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: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If you are unhappy about the direction this country is heading, you should applaud this athlete in taking a stand!! If your happy with our country, your an idiot! I live in Arizona. I wish our Governor would have stuck her finger up the Presidents nose!!    




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

 You are trying to explain Communism and Socialism
No. I wasn't, I'm not and I have no plans to. If I wanted to start a meaningful discussion on the history of political currents it would not be on a thread involving Tim Thomas at CBSSports.

 You said that Germany was a leftist state, and you were wrong. The Nazis were to the farrrrrrrrr right of the political spectrum. By saying Facism is left, you would put it where socialism is... to the left of center. 

I really could care less about people's political beliefs, they absolutely have the right to believe what they want. They also have a moral obligation to know what the heII they are talking about in this case, something you clearly shirk.   

 I cited examples from history
Incorrectly cited*

 
 where in my statements did I state that communism and facism are in the same league
You said Nazi Germany was leftist, socialism is leftist. Deduce. 

 
Anyone else see the irony in this idiot's statement??
The only irony here is you calling anybody else an idiot.  

 And for the record, Tim Thomas' views are anything but centrist. Which is fine, but now he wants to play the victim and act like an Occupy Wall Street protester when people call him on making a political statement and he needs to get over himself. If you snub the president people are going to get pissy. It was stupid when Harrison did it, it was stupid when Epstein did it, and it is stupid now. 



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

20 pages of discussion and not a single mind was changed right or wrong because of preconceived political ideology. Total waste of band width.
And yet ... here you are.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If his teammates get upset over this, then I would be shocked.
And ... it wouldn't be the first time huh "sparky?" And since you've been here all day how are things at the "home"?



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:14 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

There was a time this probably was a great honor for players. Now I think it has become a way for the Presidents to meet more famous athletes. This should be reseved for NCAA champs, teams wearing the Red, White, and Blue, and other amatuer champs. 20 pages of discussion and not a single mind was changed right or wrong because of preconceived political ideology. Total waste of band width.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

whether you agree with him politically, or not, doesn't matter. You go with the teammates, that's it, but to stand out and not go is selfish. I'm sure several other players don't agree with what Obama stands for, but didn't leave their teammates to show it.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It's the definition of selfish. he couldn't put his personal agenda aside and abandoned his teammates, is he going to leave the game if Obama shows up in playoff game vs Caps? If you see it differently, you're narrowminded, enough said. NEVER abandom your teammates.

They weren't going to war, they were going to the White House for a presidential photo op.  If his teammates get upset over this, then I would be shocked.  Most probably did not even vote and do not follow politics at all.  They just thought it was cool  to go the the White House.  This is only a big deal to political junkies. 



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:59 pm
 

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

It's the definition of selfish. he couldn't put his personal agenda aside and abandoned his teammates, is he going to leave the game if Obama shows up in playoff game vs Caps? If you see it differently, you're narrowminded, enough said. NEVER abandom your teammates.


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