Today the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visited President Obama at the White House, but one of the main components of the team was missing. Bruins MVP Tim Thomas skipped out on the White House event .
Yahoo Sports – Tim Thomas was celebrated for being only the second American player to win playoff MVP, having posted two shutouts in the Final. Chara smiled. Marchand blushed. Thomas wasn’t there to hear it. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Thomas had told him months ago he would not attend the White House event due to his political and ideological differences with the Obama administration. Chiarelli said he had tried to convince Thomas to attend the event “over the last couple months” to no avail.
Okay, so Thomas wouldn’t go because he doesn’t like the Obama administration? This guy better take some heat for this. This is America and you are arguably the best American hockey player in the World right now, you once accepted your role as an American when you accepted a spot on the US Olympic Hockey Team, you are the ONLY American on the roster during the playoff run, and you’re the one to skip out? No matter what Obama is our President for the time being. I don’t care if you voted for him or not, he’s the head honcho. I’m usually not a big fan of being a lunatic about being American. I don’t have the sweet American flag tinted back window in my pick up truck or the soaring eagles tattooed on my upper thigh, but I know that no matter who the president of our country is they should be respected. Of course I love Tim Thomas but this is one of the dumbest moves I have ever heard of. He is now number two on my most hated Boston sports athletes of all-time, right next to Curt Schilling.
Update: Tim Thomas has made a statement 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
Again, I am not some liberal psycho by any means, I am in the middle and unbiased. However, as the lone American who played on the Stanley Cup Championship team during the playoffs I believe Thomas should have been there.
P.S. Having Marchand in front of Chara is hilarious