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Thomas on Bruins teammates: “They have given their full and unwavering support”

Jan 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas addressed his White House snub at last night’s All-Star Fantasy Draft and while it might not have been the explanatory statement folks were looking for, it was a definitive one.

Shortly after being taken by Bruins teammate Zdeno Chara with the second pick (third overall), Thomas addressed the incident before turning the focus back on hockey.

“They have given their full and unwavering support, and I really appreciate that,” Thomas said of his Bruins teammates (courtesy “I did address [the White House snub]. Everything I said in my statement is what I believe to be absolute truth. I don’t believe I need to revisit something that I stated so clearly.

“This weekend is a celebration of hockey. This game of hockey is a great and it’s obviously given so much to me. I played all kinds of sports growing up, but this is the one that I love. To be part of an All-Star weekend and celebrate so many aspects of it is awesome.”

At first glance, it’s fair to assume 1) publicly, the Bruins have Thomas’ back, and 2) Thomas is done answering questions about the incident.

But is everybody done asking questions?

That remains to be seen. Even after Thomas’ definitive statement, reporters still posed questions with a political slant — one asked for Thomas’ reaction to a report Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said his actions disrespectful of President Obama. Thomas went the ‘no comment’ route and, as CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty writes, “there may be many more of those in the goalie’s future.”

There are still two full days before the actual All-Star Game and plenty of media interactions on the horizon. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM


    The last time I checked, Barack Obama was racially 50% Caucasian and 50% African. He’s therefore neither a black man or a white man. Rather he’s “both” and as such, he’s the perfect remedy for all of the racist garbage which continues to persist today. But that’s besides the point, as anyone can clearly see that Tim Thomas’s beef is the spiraling US deficit, not race relations … and in that vane, he does have a point. This current accepted lifestyle of spending “more than you make” is simply not sustainable and our wheels are going to come off the tracks soon and we all know it. Yet it’s not just the US government who is guilty. Individuals, corporations and governments alike everywhere, are all guilty of this same mindless and dangerous behavior.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Your mom sure likes the Obama.

  2. pensswag91 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Ron Paul 2012!

  3. clmdcbm23 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    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.

  4. kiopta1 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    You guys are clowns. The only comment I read that was to the point and not idiotic was the one that simply wrote Ron Paul 2012… Though I don’t agree with him or that candidate’s policies.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t agree with what Thomas did, but this issue has been beaten into the ground and needs to go away. James Duthie displayed a real lack of professionalism by trying to grill Thomas on this after he was picked. I admire that Thomas was very diplomatic in his response. I would’ve knocked Duthie on national TV.

    • hystoracle - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      It was an appropriate question given the recent news. Duthie wouldn’t have been doing his job if Duthie didn’t ask. It was a softball question about it to begin with. Allowed Thomas to give his non-answer and get it out of the way for the weekend. Hopefully, it doesn’t get revisited on the National broadcast but don’t be surprised if it does.

      Duthie’s constantly asking everyone about being last was getting really old. I noticed the more he asked the more the players looked at him like he was an idiot. How about some questions so we can get to know some of these guys a little better? Maybe about their season, etc. Most fans focus on their team and aren’t in tune to what is going on elsewhere. And the “trending” thing brought nothing to the broadcast except fumbling and bumbling.

  6. illogic87 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Tim Thomas is unpatriotic. I hope he gets a million goals scored on him.

  7. drewsylvania - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    The idiocy continues.

  8. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM


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