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Columnist: Tim Thomas needs to break his silence

Jan 26, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Earlier this week, Boston goalie Tim Thomas sparked controversy by skipping the Bruins’ White House visit and posting a Facebook rant about his disillusionment with the American government. The reigning playoff MVP has yet to speak publicly about his actions and, with the 2012 NHL All-Star festivities now upon us, CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty thinks the silence should be broken:

The next four days in Ottawa will be interesting. With hordes of media in attendance and a large amount of down time, All-Star weekend is rife with interview requests, availability sessions, cameras and voice recorders. Ergo, it’s going to be tough for Thomas to continually offer “no comment” in reply to the (I’m assuming) hundreds of questions reporters will have at the ready.

Finally, a quick word about our coverage of the Thomas White House snub. Some readers (including one that keeps accusing us of trolling) are tired of this story, and that’s fair. But think of it this way: PHT is a conduit for everything that’s making news in the NHL and since Monday, Thomas has made a whole bunch of news.

Many quality writers and reporters — like Haggerty — are still asking questions and working hard to cover this situation. As such, it’s our job to present those stories.

And if you don’t like it, we’re sorry we were ever born.

/runs upstairs to bedroom

  1. iluvwikileaks - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Thomas should be thrown out of the NHL and made Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan)

  2. gekkoguy82 - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I’m getting so sick and tired over the media coverage of this stupid event. It’s been blown way out of proportion. I don’t give a crap how anybody feels about it one way or another anymore.

    • letangshair - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      you’re probably a commie too.

  3. cakrywyj - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    If you don’t care then why are you commenting?

  4. bigtganks - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    What does Tim Thomas think about Jack Edwards’ “black” dog?!

  5. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM


  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I would like to hear Tim answer a few simple questions, and show, if possible, that he isn’t a completely uneducated fool:
    Do you understand that the Founders did not speak with one voice and sharply disagreed on how the US should be run and just barely pulled it together and made huge compromises to reach agreement? That they allowed slavery to continue and denied women any civil rights? That they did have the foresight to set up a government that could change things to adapt to new realities, such as air travel and computers? That if our government hadn’t grown, a lot, during the 1940s, Hitler and Tojo would have won? That we do actually need regulations (and people to enforce them), because, as the metaphor goes: my freedom to swing my fist ends at the edge of your nose.

    • johninpa - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Every thing you said, plus he should be happy to live in a country where he can make millions playing a game and have the freedom to do with it as he wants. He has every right to express himself, but perhaps he could have shown a little respect, accept the invitation and attend for the sake of the team, Bruin’s fans and the city. There’s a time and place for everything, and this was not the time or the place for his show of disrespect.

  7. gallyhatch - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I can’t get enough of the people commenting on this story, crying about how it won’t go away. Stop reading & commenting on the articles. You are fueling this, that’s why it doesn’t go away. It really is that simple.

    Regarding TT’s return to Boston, I’m real curious to see what direction this goes. If (say for argument) half the fanbase really is upset with him, this may be a golden opportunity for the B’s to shop him before the trade deadline, or when the season’s over. Tuuka’s an RFA at the end of this year, and if another team offers him a Bryzgalov type contract, the Bruins won’t be able to match that & pay for Thomas next year.

    I know I’m reaching here, noone expects the Bruins to trade the guy who basically carried them to the Stanley Cup championship, but this current media relations disaster for the Bruins may help them down the road if Thomas ends up alienating some of the fanbase and they decide to move him.

    • timthomashero - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM

      Gallyhatch. No offense, but if you think that our responding is the reason they are keeping this story going day in and day out, you’re crazy. We have absolutely nothing to do with it. There could be negative 50 posts and this story would still be going on.

      GE owns NBC. Jack Welsh and co are excellent friends with Obama. Go from there. It’s way bigger than our little comments…lol. GE made around 6 billion last year and paid around 0 in taxes. Do you think that NBC is just gonna let some hockey goalie shine a bad light on the President. They’ll run this until everyone hates TT and loves the Pres again. And GE can go back to the land of no taxes.

  8. timthomashero - Jan 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Please people, don’t listen to nothanksimdriving123. He is just another poor brainwashed person who doesn’t know what their talking about.

    Nothing you say or list can change the fact that Homeland Security and the (un) Patriot Act have decimated the Constitution and every American’s rights. Not to mention everything every war veteran has ever fought for.

    Benjamin Franklin said it best….”People who sacrifice Liberty for security, deserve neither Liberty or security”.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Tim… Actually, an astute reader would have noted that I questioned TT’s comprehension of basic US history, which seemed misinformed (I’ve studied and taught it). I made no comment on his right as an American to stage a political protest, which I do support, by the way, though I think the manner of it was ill-advised, as the subsequent s**t-storm would suggest. And I think it was disingenuous or just ignorant of him to then say it wasn’t a political protest. And I said nothing about the Patriot Act, but will now: I opposed it and still do. That said, though, what specifically have you or your friends or loved ones been arrested for in the last few years that you would not have been arrested for 11 years ago? I didn’t think so.
      Also, “everything every war veteran has ever fought for”? Our wars have been fought for several very different reasons. My dad fought in World War II not to end American slavery nor to get the North Koreans out of South Korea nor to kill Saddam Hussein. By the way, OJ Simpson just recently found Iraq’s WMD during his search for the real killer of his ex-wife and her friend Ron.
      And by the way, “what their talking about” should of course read “what they’re talking about.”
      Enjoy the All-Star Game, and I hope your favorite team does well, unless they are playing mine!!! Now, back to my brainwashing.

      • timthomashero - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:32 AM

        You stated earlier;

        “That if our government hadn’t grown, a lot, during the 1940s, Hitler and Tojo would have won?”

        What kind of backward, fear mongering kind of teaching is this???????????
        I pray my kids never, ever have any teacher like you in front of them.

        Yes, brainwashed and you don’t even know it. I highly doubt you taught anything besides other people the wrong idea about what is really going on and about the truly important issues.

        One of the biggest figures in hockey steps up at the risk of all the fallout that has happened. He speaks his mind perfectly and honestly and I don’t have any doubt about what he stated. But what do you do??? Make comments about potential “uneducated fools”. Sorta seems to be you now doesn’t it?

        You obviously think of yourself as a smart person. You want Tim Thomas (a man obviously brighter than you) to prove to you that he isn’t a “completely uneducated fool” and that if I were an “astute reader”….lol. Gimme a break. It because of people like you that America isn’t great anymore.

      • timthomashero - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM

        Further more….every war we’ve fought, EVERY WAR was for Freedom and Democracy. Period!

        At least that’s what we were told.

        Stating that we didn’t fight WWII because of slavery or Saddam to make your point must be one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever read. Please tell me you are not really a teacher.

      • brotherap - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:24 AM

        I was wondering where OJ Simpson fit into all of this convoluted rambling you bestowed on the general viewing public. About the only accurate thing you said, “Now back to the brainwashing” because most of you including the vast media was brainwashed by corrupt LA officials to accept what was placed on their platter without any further investigative due diligence. But those of us who have done our homework to you so called jock boys dismay is that we, OMIG, happened to search for the killers of Ron and Nicole after establishing that OJ was entering a chauffeured limo to LAX at the same time his wife talked to her mother on the telephone at 11PM. Go here and see what they’ve blocked us from showing you in “Serpents Rising: An Independent Invesitigation of the OJ Simpson Murder Trial” or go here and read in “PURSUIT OF EXHIBIT 35” what they concealed from you

  9. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    we should stone this commie. get him out of the usa for good please

    • timthomashero - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:46 AM

      Wow, you’re a bright one aren’t you.

      Narrow minded.

      I bet you’re the type of person that chants “USA”!!!, “USA”!!!, “USA”!!!, when you hear a Toby Keith song.

  10. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    This is only a story because NBC are shills for President Obama and feel the need to protect him as often as they can and as strongly as they can.

    Yea, everyone hates Boston and everyone hates Thomas and the Bruins are all diving hacks and etc etc etc…but seriously, who cares about a White House visit? Are people still upset about James Harrison not visiting? Get over it already, move on! NBC, the cats out of the bag…feel free to formally endorse Obama and move on.

  11. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    harrisons a commie too and mendenhall is a terrorist. usa usa usa

  12. stratomaticfan - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    What a bunch of cr*p. Thomas made his statement…

    and ended it with “This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

    The media should back off and let his statement BE his statement. No backtracking. No changing. It is what it is and he was within his rights to do what he did. Everyone won’t agree with it, but so what?

    Was it a big deal when Jordan didn’t go? When James Harrison didn’t go? When Mark Chmura didn’t go? No. Some disgruntled people. And everyone quickly moved on. Why does Thomas get the Torch and Pitchfork routine?

  13. clmdcbm23 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Who could actually blame the guy. When you have a complete douchebag as president you would expect some of the normal people to stand up to him. Besides if anyone actually read his comments they would see that he wasn’t just criticizing the president, he was criticizing the entire Washington. The issue that most people have with this president is that he preaches one thing but does the total opposite. He is the most polarizing president in our nation’s history and people can’t stand it. At least he knows how to get his point across.

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