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Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:41 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:30 pm
 
Thomas had a chance to be heard and he took it. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The biggest non-news story of the hockey season -- the defending champions visiting the White House and meeting the President of the United States -- is mushrooming into one of the bigger stories this season. Sadly, that might not be hyperbole based on the latest reports out of Boston.

By now you surely know about Tim Thomas' decision to not join his teammates on their trip to the White House. He instead chose to skip it as a protest to what he later revealed in his Facebook statement is the ever-expanding reach of the federal government. It ignited a wildfire that's leading people to thinking some awfully irrational things.

First, here is what is being said from within the Bruins organization, outside of their public statements. From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe:

It was Timmy being Timmy.

“[Expletive] selfish [expletive]," one team source said.

But that's not the view from everybody. Milan Lucic was on the record saying it didn't bother him and Shinzawa reported two team sources didn't believe Thomas' decision would have any negative effects in the locker room, it's par for Timmy's course.

Sounds pretty similar to another player in Boston sports (Manny Ramirez, anyone?) In the case of Ramirez, the Red Sox put up with his antics for some time before he was eventually pushed out of town.

Could that actually be a possibility for Thomas? After all, as Shinzawa writes (and makes clear with Timmy being Timmy) he is a bit of a lone wolf. He's a goaltender, and you know it's OK to categorize every goalie out there as a wackjob.

The answer is maybe, according to Shinzawa.

Thomas’s decision, however, may be the first step in goalie and team parting ways. His no-movement clause expires at the conclusion of this season. Thomas has one more season remaining on his four-year, $20 million contract. Rask, a restricted free agent at year’s end, should be ready to assume the starting job in 2012-13.

Now you know this story is getting out of hand. Look, I'd understand trading Thomas from a hockey perspective. I think it would be a mistake and would be stupid, but I understand it. He's up there in age at 37, his value is still incredibly high and Tuukka Rask has proven to be more than capable. The hockey aspect makes sense ... except when you remember that Thomas is arguably still the best in the world and can lead the Bruins to back-to-back Stanley Cups this season. Don't forget that little aspect of the equation.

I haven't understood this whole soap opera at any point. I've seen people complaining that Thomas decided to politicize an event that wasn't about politics. The way I see it, this was the most political thing any of the Bruins players have done in their careers. It's certainly more political than all the time they spend playing games, practicing or traveling. Should he instead have had a grandstanding session after a November shutout in the locker room? He was presented with a chance to make a political statement and he took it.

Further, I'd argue that this didn't take away from the Bruins' day at the White House at all. What this Thomas story did is actually make people remember that the Bruins visited the White House period. It's an event that is a photo op where the honoring from the president lasts literally less than 10 minutes. A lot of people have no idea that the St. Louis Cardinals just had the same honor a week ago. It was hardly news.

But now? Oh, everybody knows the Bruins visited the White House as the reigning champions. This whole saga has only shined a brighter light on the visit.

There are others that don't care what Thomas has to say about politics, he's just a hockey player. I see that all the time and it irritates me to no end. So because somebody is an athlete they can't have their own ideologies? The difference between Thomas and that neighbor of yours who litters his yard with political signs is that Thomas has a bigger platform. He wanted to get a message across and he did it.

I don't know who the source was that so eloquently called Thomas selfish, obviously. But I'd bet that even that person wouldn't want Thomas off the team. I was in the locker room with the Bruins last night, we in the media saw Thomas walking around munching on a postgame snack and going into the changing area with the other players. He didn't appear to be in any kind of awkward state of avoidance.

I can't see how this becomes a seriously divisive issue as some make it out to be. Are the other guys going to be so upset that they stop playing in front of Thomas and hinder their own goal of repeating as champs? Or might it be a distraction with the team and Thomas being asked about it?

Doubtful. Thomas is a strong-willed person, that's evident. He said in his Facebook statement that this was the only thing he was going to say on the whole fiasco. That's it. When he is eventually asked by the media, you already know he is going to defiantly say he's not talking about it. That will be that.

So Thomas has a bit of a selfish side and this let it be seen to the rest of the world. So what? Chalk it up to goalies being goalies (or Timmy being Timmy, in this case) and move on, I have little doubt the players will.

In the meantime, I'm left wondering how many write-in votes Thomas will get in this year's presidential election because you just know he'll get some.

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Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:57 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

 tim thomas is from flint MI for christ sakes.   do you even know what happened to that place?
Jackie Moon and the Tropics won the Flint Michigan Megabowl and a big cannon shot off?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:21 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

I don't blame him I wouldn't want to go visit that clown eitherYell



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Some dumb azz politician thinks its disrespectful that he didn't go...hmmm, what would you call it when the government alllows the rich to get richer, what would you call it when ceo's make more money on bonuses than a hard working blue collar person would make in his life. Oh what a crap world we live in. The meek shall inherit the earth. Cause when it gets down to it, we're the omly ones that will clean it up. Phuket the rich man!
 



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Right no taxes, no health insurance, you shouldn't have to do anything to live in America except be born here right?  I tell you what, I'll support your right to not buy health insurance if you'll promise to go crawl off in the in woods somewhere and die when you get sick instead of showing up at the ER and making me pay for it.
I wonder why the people who are so angry about national health insurance don't demand the elimination of Medicaid and Medicare, or why they don't complain about mandatory auto insurance. It really is disconcerting when people can't see what's in their own interest and just take their points of view from right-wing talking heads.

Of course that's not going to work because when you get to that point you'll be headed to the ER despite the promise and we'll all end up paying for your selfish non-insurance buying a$$.
Not only will Ace not keep his promise, he'll be taking government-funded roads to get to the ER.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:43 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

AceRothstien:  "How about my right to choose what to buy and what not to buy instead of being told by the all powerfull government that I HAVE TO BUY insurance"


Right no taxes, no health insurance, you shouldn't have to do anything to live in America except be born here right?  I tell you what, I'll support your right to not buy health insurance if you'll promise to go crawl off in the in woods somewhere and die when you get sick instead of showing up at the ER and making me pay for it.


Of course that's not going to work because when you get to that point you'll be headed to the ER despite the promise and we'll all end up paying for your selfish non-insurance buying a$$.


     




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:30 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

AceRothstein, I hear what you're saying and I do understand the frustration. However, on the flip side, what about my right to not have to pay for your healthcare when you get sick, have no health insurance and go to the local hospital to tap into the free care pool that my taxes paid for?



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:24 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

Yes, because I am sure with a $5 million annual salary, Tim Thomas relates to the average American.

right and let me guess, you think you deserve some of that 5 mil..... 

and just because someone make a lot of money when they are 30 somthing years old doesnt mean they didn't come from hard times.  tim thomas is from flint MI for christ sakes.   do you even know what happened to that place?

i bet it pisses you off that a guy like me who didn't go to college made his own business and now does damn well while the guy who paid 300 grand for a degree in womens studies from vasser is banging a drum at the phish concernt on wall street in a burlap t shirt and hemp pants... 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:11 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

How about my right to choose what to buy and what not to buy instead of being told by the all powerfull government that I HAVE TO BUY insurance.  oh right but you need insurance so my choice gets taken away.  not to mention the amount of people who buy $10 packs of cigis a day (300 bucks a month) but can't afford insurance so my choice gets taken away while they rant about freedom of choice on gay marrage and abortion which i support but don't fucking take my choice away  fucking hypocrite self serving assholes



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:47 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

I keep reading all these posts about all the rights Obama has stolen from us. Some have gone so far as to say rights are being stripped weekly or even daily.

Help me out here......what rights have been stripped away from us? Those posters who are coming up with these "weekly" and "daily" claims must have reeeeeally long lists.

So tell me....which rights did I have prior to Obama taking office that I no longer have today?



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:24 am
 

Report: Thomas called selfish; Speculation starts

'... his parents sold their wedding rings for him to go to goalie camp as a kid so don't think he doesn't know hard times.'
Haha. Thanks for the laugh. Yeah, must have been tough; nowadays the out-of-control federal government just sends everyone to goalie camp and expects millionaires to pay for it whether they like hockey or not.


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