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Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:35 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 4:33 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

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!"

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:50 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

It's a question whether the media goes too far when pursuing a story? Are you kidding me? If they don't have a story then they will simply invent one.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

TT sounds like a naive kid.   The media hasn't done anything we haven't seen for more than 2 generations of players.   This thing has been an unwelcome distraction to the lockerroom and the organization that has to keep answering questions for him.    He sounds like a little kid talking about his rights and his choice.    Few like the media, but it's what they do and will continue to do as long as entertainers like TT perform in front of 20k fans on a nightly basis and has a celebrity status.   It's nothing new.

As a professional member of a team, his uneccessary political rant and refusal to address the mess he created is shameful.    During the 186 day season and postseason, he directly represents the Bruins organization and his team as soon as he signed the contract to play for them a while back.   "His" time is the offseason at best and should be in retirement.    
This stupid episode has not done anything to make the team more likely to win games.    It's not about if he's right or wrong or if somebody agrees or disagrees with his statements or silence.   

He made a mess that other people have to deal with, he insults his organization and plenty of people's intelligence when he naively claims that it's none of their business.    Maybe he lived in a cave for a few decades and didn't know better.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

He chose to make it an issue.  He could have gone to the White House but chose not to.  He knew.....no He anticipated that he would be asked why he didn't attend.  His personal and/or political beliefs had nothing to do with his team or winning the Stanley Cup and this was a team event not his opportunity to protest.  So I say keep asking him any question you like media and I hope it is a distraction because he is the one who opened that door.  Why didn't he just say he "forgot his ID"?  That worked before and he could have still felt personally self-satisfied that his "political integrity" was maintained.  In conclusion; He is a grown man who made a decision and he had to have seen where the media would take it.  If not, then a lesson was learned.



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:13 am
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Sometimes old advice can still be good advice. This all should have and could have been avoided. Now it becomes a circus of nonsense. The media frenzy is, as one would predict, stupid. But the frenzy is a reaction. Poor judgement put this one out there. Now it is what it is, another media circle jerk.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

We get that Frappe7601... the discussion is over weither the media goes too far or not when pursuing a story or asking questions.....



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

I am not missing your point Brother... We ask a question, we get an answer, then we STOP and move on!  The media NEVER does that, EVER!
So I am not missing the point.  We may just have to agree to disagree, unless I made that point clearer this time.  I do know this and it is a fact, whenever people go back and forth over a subject and cannot find common ground this old saying rings true.......
"A person forced against their will, is of the same opinion still"  Good quote, huh? 



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Why is everyone arguing over whether Thomas should complain about the media asking him questions that aren't about sports? I don't see anywhere that it says that he is complaining, all he did is say that he isn't going to answer questions about it. His reason for being in the spotlight is for playing hockey, and as he is paid by the team, he is obligated to answer questions about hockey. However, he is not obligated to answer questions about anything outside of hockey if he doesn't want to. Why should he?



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

You are welcome...... Still working for them the past 7 years as a civil service employee... thats 35 years total.  And before I vent again, I will not forget that I have done all that time so they (the media) could be their obnoxious selves.  Back 40 plus years ago, when Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, etc... reported the news...that was precisely what they did.....reported the news.... they did not abuse their roles like today..... 
We as citizens must stop allowing our political views to sway our perception that the media is out of control.  I lean more right than left on many issues, but I cannot sit and watch O'Reilly, Hannity, etc... hour after hour and nod my head to whomever they are beating up.... We've got to remember that the next time we watch a press conference and someone asks Romo will he ever win a Super Bowl (more than 6 different ways), or is Tebow's faith for real (8 times), or will TO be good if another NFL team gives him a chance (10 different ways) all during one press conference...  



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

I would comfort myself in my bed of money that I don't really have to work for. I get to play a game. Your just missing my point, I don't agree with the media but if I am going to openo a can of worms I have to be ready to accept he consequences



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

I think I answered the stopping the puck question by Thomas in the middle of all of this back and forth.....
I still contend that the Media is out of control.  Fox calls themselves Fair and Balanced... we all know that they're right winged, but they actually are fair and balanced;  because PBS, CNN, CBS, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC (especially) are ALL left of the political spectrum... Bottom line is they are ALL obnoxious.   You say the media is doing there job, Really???  What if somone asked you a question, you answered it, but they kept following you with a mike, camping out side of your house, never stopping, asking the same questions over and over again till you submitted to whatever answer they wanted... you would crack them in their cranium....  Open your eyes next NFL season and watch any post game press conference... then come away with the same opinion....


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