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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: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:34 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

What a stupid argument.  I take the man at his word - it was his own personal viewpoint.  He has every right to state it.
He also made it clear he was not maligning Mr. Obama himself - just taking a stand against government in general.
Personally, I think he showed disrespect to the President, but his rights are the same as all of ours in the U.S. .
I didn't have a problem when James Harrison didn't feel the need to attend, and he didn't have nearly as rational a reason.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:32 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

If the guy doesn't want to go? He doesn't want to go, period. What's the big deal? Oh yeah, the media made it a BIG deal. It's a free country. Maybe he wants to stay home and rest up some? Who really cares? Must be a slow day on the media front!


Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:28 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Well said Phil-e-phan, same guy that thinks Thomas is in the middle......

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:23 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

leftist Germany, and facist Italy.
Both of these states were very far to the right.....

How you think Communism and Facism are on the same side of the political spectrum I will never know.

We need a voting test, this country is way too stupid to be allowed to vote in its own representation.  

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:22 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

I wonder if everyone backing Tim Thomas would be so appreciative of someone standing up to the President and refusing to go to this function if it were say a Russian or Swedish player from the Bruins who decided not to go because of US foreign policy??? Somehow I don't think you'd all have his back as you do with Tea Party Tim.......

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:14 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Farmer Ted, you need to wake up. Tim Thomas's comments were not coming from the center. They came straight from Tea Party headquarters. THAT IS NOT THE POLITICAL CENTER!!!!! Whats next, Glenn Beck favored by Dem and REP party moderates?????? I think you need to figure what the hell the center means my friend.....

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:10 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

This whole Tim Thomas thing is idiotic to begin with. Did he not think that being the ONLY Bruin member of the team would not stand out and open it up for controversy.? He falls in the same vein as these movie stars and do-gooders that jump on to a cause to see their name in lights and seek glory for their actions. Yes his views are his own but it is a team function and he would have been better of just to shut his mouth and bite the bullet. There are Canadian members of the team as well as from other countries and THEY attended AS A TEAM and really are not concerned with what is going on in this country....which by the way has nothing to do with the sports. It's like all the political in the still continues but is sport Tim and time to get over it..grow up and as an American citizen, show your displeasure at the polls and please don't embarrass the rest of us Americans.This event is basically customary and an honor to be honored whether you like the President and/or Congress or not and should be treated that way

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:02 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Boy Jacksprat, I bet Tim Thomas is very pleased to have you in his corner......

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:56 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:48 pm

Tim Thomas responds to criticism

Tim Thomas made his bed, now he gets to suffer the consequences of his actions.  Enough with this, "Timmy should be free to stand up for himself and his beliefs" crap... it's nonesense.   This was A TEAM FUNCTION...  you suck it up and you go, end of story.  It's supposed to be team first, Tim Thomas second.  But it wasn' was all about his personal beliefs.  Do you people that support Tim Thomas believe that every other Boston player loves the president?  I betcha a few others don't like the guy, but they took one on the chin for the team.

I'm happy it worked out that way though.  Hopefully this distraction affects the Bruins play and the Wings are ahead of them in the standings at the end of the season.  And hopefully the Wings can get to the finals and play the Bruins with home ice advantage. I'm being very hopeful here, the west is tough and the Wings will have to fight hard to get there.  But home ice will make a big difference and I"d love to see the Bruins pay for his actions, just so he finally figures out it's not all about him. 

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