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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
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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: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:22 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

If you don't want to hear people's opinion on things than you shouldn't give yours.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:22 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

The media and most lemmings who follow whatever the media reports are digusting.  So what if he has a political views in contradiction to the ones of this current administration in Washington, .....so what??  It is his business period and no one elses...  If it is not politically correct or what people are supposed to say and think then we label them...  It is about time someone took on the media and point blank told them what they thought and then say; Next question......



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:12 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Timmy Thomas needs to focus on stopping pucks and not posting on facebook. What is he a 17 year old girl?


He should have just gone to the White House with his team!

I didn't like either Bush but would have gone to the White House if I was on a team that won a world championship. It is out of respect and is part of being a team player. You are suppose to be with your team for funtions like that.


He is getting old and won't be with Boston next year. Nice job being selfish Timmy!


Don't post if you don't want to answer any questions!!!!        



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

C'mon he knows what's coming when he posts something controversial.   No need to shed any tears for him.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Well, there are two sides to this issue.  If it is out in the public domain (heck, with public figures, even if it isn't, or so the press thinks) then it is fair game to reporters.  I have no problem with reporters asking questions.  On the other hand, nothing compels Tim to answer.  So, I agree with his position that he has let the reporters know the rules of any questions.  If a reporter decides to ask a question on a banned subject, then Tim is free to walk out.  I suspect if this happens often enough then the press will get the message that sports reporters are there to write about sports.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

To each their own, more power to him. He needs to answer to his team and NOBODY else. Get a life facebook fakes.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

So what? The press weanies can't stand it that the guy leans conservative. Would they react the same if he was an outspoken "Occupy" supporter or a lamebrained peta member?  Surely not.  I agree w/ factorx. This isn't hockey news. This just be a high tech lynchin'.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Welcome all the the zoo that is today's media.  They are so busy trying to create the stories, that they can't even do their jobs anymore.  Which is to report what actually happens.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

What Tim Thomas, or any other athlete posts regarding their religious or political beliefs should not be fodder for the media. Interviews should be kept to an athlete's role as a member of whatever team that individual represents. Just because they're in the public light doesn't mean their whole lives have to be made public. Nobody is going to report on what I say if I happened to share an athlete's opinion on a major topic. So why should what an athlete says be of any importance either?



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:16 pm
 

Tim Thomas refuses to talk Facebook posts

Tim Thomas is great at stopping the puck but he has no idea on how to stop the buck. The buck doesn't even slow down when it gets to him.

He uses his position as a professional hockey player to display his disenchantment with his government by not attending a White House celebration of his team's Stanley Cup victory and then says it's not political. He uses his position as a professional hockey player to attract people to his Facebook page and read his political views and then refuses to talk about it. If he wants a personal life, then he should keep his life personal. Hey we are all allowed to express our own opinions and that's the beauty of living in this part of the world but when other people have a different opinion and ask for clarification of the ones you made public, it's polite to give an answer.

Goalies are different than the rest of the players on the team, they aren't the best teammates outside of the crease and Tim Thomas proves he is one of the best!



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