Oh, I know, you'll say since I'm on the opposite side of the fence from TT that that's biasing my thoughts on this. Hardly. I would say the same thing if an apparent liberal athlete had turned down a visit to the White House to see President George W. Bush. This isn't a political event -- it is a celebration, a reward, an honor to get to visit the President of the United States; and Tim Thomas, being one of only two American-born players on the team, should know this. In fact, he does know this and, thus, my point.
Here's Tim's statement from 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." – Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, on his Facebook page, January 23, 2012"Don't get me wrong, TT has every right to his views and every right to make this statement -- just don't insult our intelligence. Also, he needs to understand that what he did was a selfish act, drawing attention to himself and his cause regarding a nonpolitical event, that does nothing but embarrass himself and most importantly the Bruin organization and his teammates. His teammates and the Bruin brass have been having to deal with the questions regarding Tim's absence for two days now. And as an avid Bruin fan who happens to be a liberal, I don't appreciate being put in the position of having to either defend or disagree with this stunt. I know the following will sound foreign to a conservative but, "Hey Tim, if you don't like it, leave it.." That's the very same thing conservatives say when liberals complain about government; the difference is we have a lot more class regarding picking our moments.
This stunt should not affect the decision the Bruins will have to make in the off season regarding TT's age and contract vis-a-vis Tuukka Rask's age and contract; but if the Bruins decide they don't want to pay two #1 goaltenders #1 goaltender money in long-term contracts and decide to trade Thomas, I hope they trade him to a Canadian team.
My position on this is no different than it was when NASCAR fans in Florida booed First Lady Michelle Obama. It's a nonpolitical event; she's there for the troops and I would've defended Laura Bush with the same passion. Tell me, Tim, with a straight face that you wouldn't have gone to the White House to shake the hand of a Republican President?
Give the President his props, he made a couple of zingers at the Bruins' expense. He rattled off the names of all four New England sports teams, that they'd all won championships lately and that "that's enough Boston." He also picked on Brad Marchand by calling him the "little ball of hate."