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Fellow American goalie Schneider questions Thomas’ decision to skip White House visit

Jan 24, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

Cory Schneider

Don’t think we can classify this under “the Canucks and Bruins sure do hate each other,” but Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider, a Massachusetts native, did share a few thoughts on Tim Thomas passing up yesterday’s team visit to the White House.

“Every person is entitled to their rights, that’s the point of the constitution,” Schneider said, as reported by the Vancouver Sun. “You can have free speech, free religion, politics and all that stuff. So it’s absolutely Tim’s right. His beliefs are his own and that’s fine. It’s just the timing is a little odd. If your entire team is going, it’s about the team to kind of put your own agenda aside and maybe just show up in support.

“Obviously he believes strongly in his political views. But, as an American, I think we all have a little bit of respect for the position of the president. Whether you like the guy or not, he’s the president of the United States. Tim has made a great living and a great career in the United States and I’m sure he’s benefitted from tax-paying dollars and every other right that as an American citizen we all enjoy. It’s a little bit of a slight to sort of forget all that and choose to do this.”

  1. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Has anything gotten so old,so fast?

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Give it one more day.

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Thus removing all doubt that NBC Sports has hired a team of writers who have specific instructions to troll blatantly for site hits.

    • darthhamel - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Two words: Blackhawks Shirtless.

      People from Vancouver will get this re: the Kurtenblog.

  3. insider7 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    As a Bostonian and a Bruins fan, I have to say that Tim Thomas acted like a selfish moron. This was a team event, not a “Tim Thomas” event. He embarrassed the organization on a national stage. I’m sure there were other players who don’t support Obama who attended without disrupting the event with an ill-informed rant. He could have been fined by the team for violating the terms of his contract. No words from Mr. Law-and-Order on that little detail.

    He’s entitled to his own political views but don’t rain on the parade of your own organization and on your own teammates by electing to vent your views in this fashion.

    And did you notice that, in true Tea Party style, he let loose with his outburst and then said he would not answer any questions about it. Now there’s a true stand-up guy who is up for a free flowing exchange of ideas!

    I don’t know where he went to law school but he was obviously absent from class when they discussed Constitutional law. Stick to hockey, Tim…it’s something that you know about.

    • taytay099 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      At first I admired Tim Thomas for what he did and said. I thought he respectfully told us his opinion and denied the event with class, but after reading your thoughts I can’t help but agree with you. This event has nothing to do with politics and in a way he turned his back on his team.

    • blomfeld - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      insider7 – good on you for siding with “truth” as opposed to personal feelings … Thomas was wrong and for you as a Bruins fan to acknowledge that is commendable … in fact, as a Vancouverite who doesn’t support the Canucks, I’m compelled to issue the following fatwah:

      “may the blogger known as “insider7 ” soon come to encounter armies of attractive women and lakes of wine … inshallah”

  4. tmjm621 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I honestly dont think its JUST political.

  5. coolgato13 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Mr. Thomas, I fully support your right to protest (in a non-political way) your team`s visit to the White House.
    I hope you will support my right to view you as the selfish, entitled, 1 per center that you are.

  6. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    well said cory!
    i hate the bruins… but i do respects timmys choice.

    o yaaa and fuckk boston .

    • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Yes, your opinion is real valuable, douchebag.

  7. vshehane - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Tim Thomas, you are my hero.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    My thoughts exactly. Obviously Thomas had every right to do what he did, but it just doesn’t make him look very good. An apolitical team event is the wrong time to make an individualistic political statement.

  9. charlutes - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    well put, really good point

  10. bertilfox - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I love the people who bash the Tea Party. God forbid anyone stand against the overtaxation and profligate spending of their precious Government. Just put your Sports blinders on and blot out the ever creeping blight around you. At least you have the NHL on HDTV.

    That said, this seemed an inappropriate time to make this particular statement. But that’s what you get in a Free Society, rampant disagreement. I am glad everyone does not think like me. It makes this place far more interesting.

    • loinstache - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Pretty sure people bash the Tea Party because it’s a racist organization with transparently selfish views that alienate a massive proportion of the US. Don’t make the fallacy of assuming that being anti Tea Party means being anti-government/tax… theirs a lot of depth to the politically right.

  11. grudenthediva - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Don’t worry, Tim. If you guys repeat and Romney wins, you can look like a hypocritical asshole when you magically decide its okay to go party at the White House.

  12. yettyskills - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    So Thomas didn’t show up for a picture and PR event for the White House.

    A Pr even, akin to Obama is cutting a ribbon at a new mall

    Tim Thomas again didn’t realize it was his job to pump Obama’s tires right?

  13. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    And that’s why you’re a backup to an overrated goalie. Keep your mouth shut you clown. I applaud Thomas for what he did.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      He’d be the starter on your team.

  14. cowboyscanada - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Sad

  15. neelyisgod - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Time to trade Timmy T….

  16. norcalirish - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:49 AM

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

  17. lsxphotog - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    “Obviously he believes strongly in his political views. But, as an American, I think we all have a little bit of respect for the position of the president. Whether you like the guy or not, he’s the president of the United States. Tim has made a great living and a great career in the United States and I’m sure he’s benefitted from tax-paying dollars and every other right that as an American citizen we all enjoy. It’s a little bit of a slight to sort of forget all that and choose to do this.”

    Very, very well put.

  18. The Grand Occident - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Anyone who respects this President is a moral cripple – like Schneider.

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