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Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 9:28 pm
 
Thomas elected not to visit the White House with teammates (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins were at the White House on Monday to meet President Barack Obama. Well, almost all of them.

There was one very notable absence as the Bruins were honored in the East Room of the White House. Nobody could seem to find Tim Thomas among the crowd of players in the background. Soon enough, word got out that he elected to skip the event.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the ceremony.

Sure enough, the reasons were made clear. Here is the message Thomas posted a little after 6 ET on his Facebook page.

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT

There was a lot of anger across the hockey world on Monday because of Thomas' decision not to show up. I don't understand it one bit.

Let me say that I, myself, would never turn down an opportunity to be honored by the President of the United States, no matter how much I dislike him. It's about the office, the individual.

With that said, I have zero problem with Thomas passing on it. None at all. He has his beliefs and convictions and has every right to stand up for them. To the people who are complaining that he is being selfish and taking away from the team's spotlight, I say mission: accomplished. Look how much attention he is getting because of this and thus getting his political views shared with everybody.

"Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us," team president Cam Neely told the media after the ceremony. "We certainly would have liked to have him come and join us but that's his choice. All the guys came except for Tim. It's his decision and his choice."

Neely would later release another statement on the matter, this time a little more officially than his after-ceremony comments to the media.

"As an organization we were honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team's achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject."

Nobody should be upset about this, it's just not a big deal. He declined to go, so be it. What's the big deal?

My only issue with it is that it added a more newsy element to an otherwise light-hearted day for the Bruins. Well that and the mixing of hockey and politics. That's never a good idea.

There are so many mixed feelings on all of this, and I'm not talking about the politics themselves. Of course people won't agree on that. But sometimes you have athletes who are chided for not caring enough, not using their positions of power to make an impact. Then when players do just that, they get ripped for sharing their political views; why do we care what a goaltender thinks about big government?

I say anything that leads to discussion can't hurt. And after seeing some of the players and team officials after the ceremony, I don't think it detracted much from their experiences either. Really, this is a case of no harm, no foul for me. The man had a choice to make and he made it.

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Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2012
Posted on: July 30, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I applaud Tim Thomas' decision to not attend the White House.  My feelings are well alligned with his about how this government has screwed up our country and it was HIS right to show a bit of a protest and how he truly feels.  We need more individuals like Tim Thomas to speak up and express their true feelings and even though he stood as an INDIVIDUAL, he really stands with many of us that are united in a great cause to take this country back from the BOZOS in Washington who think they are above the law by implementing policies that favor only them.  Tim Thomas, I am an LA Kings Fan, but I salute you!  Feel free to come over to the kings as a back-up to the best golie in hockey!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Thomas doesn't need to defend his decision.

It is not often where citizens get an opportunity to make a statement like this and I commend him for it.  If actors can do and say as they please politically then by all accounts an athlete should as well. This should not be a big deal to the citizens but should be to the government officials who are in office today.  The way things are going this will not be the last time something like this happens. 


I agree 100%.  Actors are spewing their venomous politics all the time, so why is it so wrong for an athlete to have his say?

That so many view an insignificant ceremony about sports as more important than making a statement about the direction of the country is disturbing.  They need to get their priorities in order.



Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

It is not often where citizens get an opportunity to make a statement like this and I commend him for it.  If actors can do and say as they please politically then by all accounts an athlete should as well. This should not be a big deal to the citizens but should be to the government officials who are in office today.  The way things are going this will not be the last time something like this happens. 



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:27 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I support anyone that elects to make their own choice.  This is America and we have the right to say no.  I disagree with the way the government is leading this country such as Mr. Thomas.  I served this country and like many other Americans watch our values get pushed aside so politicians from both sides make decisions to build their bank account.....NOT ours.  Mr. Thomas, I salute you for your decision.  It's time to take America back!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Tim, I stand right next to you on the issue. I wouldn't have gone either. It's time our legislators wise up and look at themselves first before trying to fix a nation. This government is corrupt from top to bottom. It is not only Obama's fault. It goes back much further than his time in office. Americans have their priorities mixed up big time. We have our faces watching American Idol, Jerseylicious and other brain numbing programs on TV. We watch the news media and believe everything they say. Wake up America. There is a God. Pray to Him daily and see what will happen. Don't wait for anyone to make you feel you can't make a difference. You can!



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Very well stated, Brian. A refreshing breath of fresh air after all the hyperbole, self righteous indignation and condemnation.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:33 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

You know, when I first heard about this, I defend Thomas' right to not go. I had said it's not what I would've done, but he has a right to express himself and decline the invitation. I also stated he really didn't owe anything to anyone other than his team and as long as the team was okay with it, then all was well.

Well, it's obvious at this point the team was not okay with it. It's also obvious that this has become a huge story and distraction. Apparently, one person in the Bruins organization went so far as to call him a "[bleeping] selfish [bleep]." I still believe it's okay for Thomas to express himself, but I now believe skipping the White House visit was not okay.

Also, when you consider the big picture, really what statement did he make? Don't meet or speak with anyone with whom you disagree? I don't see how that's productive, nevermind "heroic" as some have gone so far as to suggest.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:50 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Tim Thomas doesn't hate America. He hates how corrupt the political office has become. Read his statements. Just because you earn a living here, does not mean you have to agree with all the political BS. That is why this is a free country. As a United States citizen he exercised his right to refuse. These are rights guaranteed to each and everyone one of us (US citizens). This is not a slap in the face, it should be an eye opener. He issued a small statement because people wanted to know why. Now you know citizen, go back to work and leave Tim alone. And remember, "and that government of the people, by the people, for the people" Abraham Lincoln Sealed


I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.




Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:04 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Why does TT hate America so much?  He's making a lot of money here and he still hates his country!  You know how much enjoyment al Quaeda and other terrorist groups derived from this blatant disrespect of our highest office????  They're probably all high-fiving each other over this.

See, ten years ago I wouldn't have written that statement, but during the Bush presidency, the very same Right-Wingers who are celebrating Thomas's treason taught us that to criticize Presidential policy was to hate America and embolden terrorists, and to put our brave fighting men and women in harm's way.  Everybody had to "be careful about what you say," to quote that scumbag Ari Fleischer. 

So I ask again: Why does TT hate America and our brave fighting troops?  And why aren't those same Right Wingers calling for him to be slapped into Gitmo, the way they did whenever any Democrat questioned Bush's policies???

I just hope it's not because they're a bunch of sleazy, foul hypocrites . . . 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

HATE THIS. Tim Thomas stole the spotlight, and put his teammates in an awkward position. Write a book, go on a talk show, whatever, just don't do THIS.

Tim Thomas, you're a first class loser. 


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