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Bruins speak, Thomas doesn’t, following White House snub

Jan 24, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

Tim Thomas

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty caught up with a few Bruins following today’s practice in Washington.

One Bruin he didn’t catch up with, though, was Tim Thomas.

The Boston goalie was one of the first players off the ice and when the dressing room opened for media access, Thomas wasn’t there.

A curious development — though not entirely surprising — given recent events. Yesterday, Thomas skipped Boston’s celebratory White House visit and posted a message on his Facebook page expressing disillusionment with the government.

Today, his teammates were left to answer for him over what’s become a hot-button issue.

“I obviously have a different viewpoint,” Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said. “I think this a wonderful country. [The government] has done so much for us. I think that’s why we were so thrilled to go because we had a different viewpoint. Everybody has a different point of view and that’s this country as well, right?”

Another Bruin, defenseman Steve Kampfer, expressed honor at getting to visit the White House. Kampfer’s a Michigan native (like Thomas) and was one of only three U.S. natives from the Stanley Cup-winning team invited to the event.

“It’s Timmy’s decision. It’s his beliefs and his right to do whatever he wants. We all had a great time going to the White House,” said Kampfer. “For me it was a dream come true because I studied [politics] in school. I was a political science major in school, so to shake the President’s hand was awesome. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Looking ahead, there are three things worth paying attention to.

One, how Thomas will be received tonight — since he was first off the ice, the assumption is he’s starting — as the Bruins take on the Caps in Washington, D.C.

Two, how he’ll handle speaking with the media for the first time (“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic,” his Facebook message said.)

Three, what the atmosphere will be like at the NHL All-Star festivities in Ottawa. There’s no shortage of reporters at one of the league’s signature events and media availability is a big part of the weekend.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    What did Jack Edwards and his dog have to say?

  2. Thunder Chicken - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I’ve never understood the issue with these White House visits. So he doesn’t want to go… No big deal.

    • gekkoguy82 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      I’ve always felt like the President has better things to do than schmooze with sports teams anyway. Maybe not though. I guess it’s really just a huge pr stunt for everyone involved.

  3. pbecker30 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    tim thomas doesnt need to pump anything else…he needs some air let out of his big ass head thinking anyone gives a flying f@#k about his political views!!

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Classy.

      • pbecker30 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        always classy never trashy. im from green bay wisconsin, so actually by most of the countrys standard i am trashy. and drunk. but thats besides the point.
        you want to know what isnt classy though? skipping out on the white house. no matter what you r political views are, turning down a visit to the white house and meeting the president is disrespectful and stupid in my humble and uneducated opinion. so eat shit drewsylvania you dont know me dont talk shit

      • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        Even classier. You write something trollish on a message board, I snark on it, you tell me to eat shit, and *I’m* talking shit?

        Hilarious.

      • pbecker30 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        The fact that you are using the terms “troll” and “snark” confirm to me that you are, in fact, a douchebag. And yes you were talking shit for no reason. Be quiet little one.

  4. busieks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I don’t think he cares what others think about His political views. Media are the ones blowing this up. This is old news guys, leave it alone. We have heard how he feels once. That’s all that needed to be said. Let’s just move on this isnt news anymore.

  5. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Total Disgrace. Visiting the whitehouse is a team honor. Good job there Timmy, u made it all about you. This kind of selfish behavior has no place on a USA team roster. I hope they cut all ties with this hitler mustached goober. Starting to think that Philly winter classic fans have more class…

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Think you’re describing yourself there, buddy.

  6. dsd3 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Regardless of his decision (which I think was the wrong one), it’s not very professional for Thomas to avoid the media and force his teammates to answer questions about his political beliefs. Why should they have to speak for him? He’s basically forcing them to be his spokespeople.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      The conclusion is that someone will get on him both for “talking about politics” and for “not talking about politics”.

      • east96st - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        I’m pretty confident if he went to the event, in support of his team and his teammates, there would be no one talking about him at all. Now, his teammates get to hold the bag and will have to deal with the media for months.

  7. frankvzappa - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Thomas doesn’t need to speak. He already released his statement, in which he said he would not say anything else on the matter, and every word of it reflects that Tim Thomas is a true American hero. A man of his stature with the stones to identify the fascist US government as it truly is should be regarded with the utmost respect.

    • bigtganks - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Yah, real hero. Say it on twitter and hide (twice now) when you could actually speak your concerns directly face to face with the POTUS.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      The U.S. government isn’t Fascist. But we’re slowly heading in that direction.

      • frankvzappa - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        slow as a rabbit whose tail happens to be on fire toward water…

    • frankvzappa - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Everybody who thumbs downed my post is the kind of brainless sheep that thumbed up the government abolishing the fourth amendment a few weeks ago.

      • east96st - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        No, frank, I thumb downed your post because I knew and loved a WW II vet, twwo Holocaust survivors, and even some damn good people on the homefront that sacrificed their meager salaries to buy War Bonds and never complained about having food and goods rationed to support the troops who fought against a REAL fascist government. If this was a fascist government, you and I wouldn’t have this forum to disagree with one another, we’d be dead. It ain’t perfect, no place or government is, but if you know a place that’s better – I’m all ears. Finally, I’d like to ask the most pressing question – what do you do, frank, to make it better? Do you volunteer? Did you serve? Are you working on the grass-root level to make it a better government? Or do you sit on your ass, drink beer, and bitch and moan on the internet?

  8. bigtganks - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Why not use this chance to speak to the president and tell him how you feel? How many of us would ever get a chance to even have a letter/email etc given to the president?

    Instead he cowered away and hid. Then hid again today. (fitting he’d slide down in his seat in the Visa commercial)

    • spiciercheez - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Is his decision causing you any harm? Why does it matter if he CHOSE not to visit? Big deal he didn’t shake the President’s hand wah wah. Find something else to bitch about, it’s over.

      • bigtganks - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Is my opinion causing you harm? Clearly it’s upsetting you.

        Just stating if he had such strong opinions, what better way than to state those to the POTUS.

        I mean, the irony here. “I have very strong disagreements on how the government is run in the free world, but I’ll stay home when I have likely my only chance to meet the leader of the free world face to face who dictates how those are run.”

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Someone said this yesterday. If he’d done what you suggest, you’d be saying that it’s disrespectful to turn the visit into a political event.

      Much of this is just anti-Bruins hate.

  9. cakrywyj - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Although I don’t 100% agree with Thomas’ decision not to go… I acknowledge it as his right to do whatever he wants. Where he loses my respect is when he makes a political statement like he did then hides behind a Facebook page. If he thought the media would just ignore this whole thing with the way things work in 2012 he’s insane. Be a man and make your stand in front of real, live people, too, if you feel that strongly about it. Like I said, he’d get at least some respect that way.. But way he handled it just makes him look foolish and weak.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      If he keeps talking about it, THEN it’s a distraction. He’s doing it for the good of the team.

      Whatever he does, several people on here will criticize him and call him names.

    • bigtganks - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Exactly. Whether it’s him, James Harrison, many other people who haven’t gone, is fine. But it’s what he’s said to follow that up. Anyone with those opinions and a pair woulda been first in line to voice those concerns.

  10. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    another boston article

    FUCK BOSTON

  11. drewsylvania - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Your record must be scratched.

  12. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I feel as though the philthadelphia flyers should trade for tim thomas because they are the most classest bunch of commies in sports history and that racist doosh would fit perfectly

  13. norcalirish - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Trade him to SJ! My new favorite player. I still would have kicked it with obama tho, but everything else was right on.

  14. The Grand Occident - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    “The government has done so much for us?” My god is this man insane or what?!

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