Before Tim Thomas elected to skip the Bruins' visit to the White House last month to be honored by President Obama, nobody cared to discuss Thomas' politics and Facebook postings. They were completely off the radar, had nothing to do with hockey.
But then the infamous Obama shun happened and an awareness of Thomas' politics became higher. He then took to his Facebook page to explain his reasoning, bringing his page to a lot of people's minds and certainly garnering a ton of "likes."
So now normally pretty innocuous things like Thomas posting he "Stand[s] with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom" (presumably in response to the health insurance/church issue) become news items. Thomas gets asked about them.
Well he won't anymore. If he does, then the questions are done. That's the threat he laid down (and executed) at a Thursday media scrum where he steadfastly refused to answer questions pertaining to his Facebook posts.
I'll just say that I agree with Thomas to a point here. I agree with his assertion that becoming an athlete doesn't mean you aren't entitled to a personal life and the ability to espouse your beliefs.
On the other hand, by his own actions and with the help of the media's coverage of it, his platform has grown.
I did love him walking away when somebody asked if he regretted writing it with a simple "I'm out! Peace!"