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Tim Thomas wants family, friends left out of “media-driven” story

Jan 27, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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Instead of being a celebration of an unorthodox style producing amazing results, Tim Thomas‘ All-Star weekend has been loaded with questions about his decision not to visit the White House with the rest of the Boston Bruins.

Thomas already seems beaten down by the situation, expecting the “media-driven” story to go away soon enough. In the mean time, he told reporters including Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski that he wants to keep his family and teammates out of it. (Especially since they’ve given him “full and unwavering” support.)

“All it has to do is with me, but it’s separate from hockey,” Thomas said. “That’s my personal life. Those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs. It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game. And it has nothing to do with the Boston Bruins.”

“I would really appreciate it if people would leave my teammates and my family out of it.”

Some (Wyshynski included) are speculating that the family part of that equation is in part a reaction to a controversial Tweet by TSN’s Dave Hodge.

Thomas is totally justified in wanting his family to be out of the equation, but demanding people not to wonder how his teammates feel about the gesture is asking a bit much. Ultimately, this story will die down in good time, but it’s likely that it will feel interminable to Thomas – and perhaps to his teammates.

  1. grillmarks - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Yeah, well don’t be a total d-bag and people wouldn’t be talking about it, Timmy.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:18 AM

      You’re the total d-bag.

      You’re country is going to hell in a hand basket. The US is gonna make Italy look like a well run country. Not to mention Homeland Security and the Patriot Act destroyed the Constitution and the basic human rights of every American. You have active wars or military bases in almost every country in the world. Your government could give a crap about you and is stealing from you, they are now actively stealing from your great, great grandchildren as well. They overthrow the leaders of other countries to install regimes (dictator) that will sell them oil and other commodities at cheap prices. When the prices aren’t agreeable any more, the US will just kill the leader and take the government and oil over.

      You people better wake the hell up.

      Anyway, just keep jumping down the throat of every real American that speaks their mind and see where that gets ya.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:01 AM

        I wish I could vote that down more than once…and I wish this “story” would go away.

      • spiffy53 - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        tinthomaszero, you are not an American. This is none of your business. stick with Nova Scotia and Canadian issues.

      • charliereno - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        Your post lost all relevance during the second sentence. If YOU’RE going to criticize, get YOUR shit straight, dumbfuck.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        At least some of what timthomashero wrote is true. Our leaders are corrupt and spend most of their lives fucking over the powerless so they can get richer and/or gain power.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:06 AM

      Do you want it to go away because it brings up real issues? What is the problem, really?

      This is the healthiest thing this country needs. Open dialogue.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:21 AM

        Probably, but it’s not my country. Point is I can’t stand this mix of hockey and politics. Yes, there are lots of problems with your country that need addressing, but please keep them away from my hockey.

      • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        Sorry man, but the way things are right now, there is no bad time to bring up the issues of our Civil Rights that are being ripped away. I’m from Nova Scotia, but I could be from New Zealand, it wouldn’t matter. What happens in the US always has and always will have dramatic affects everywhere else.

        Tim Thomas lives, breathes and eats hockey. It’s the man’s whole life.

        If he thinks these issues are more important than hockey, why shouldn’t the rest of us?

      • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        I’m from Nova Scotia and care more about your country than you do. Hmmm….problem maybe?

      • spiffy53 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        sure you do, sure you do. then go vote for Ron Paul. oh that’s right…. by the way, enjoy your national healthcare (you socialist).

  2. velocirapist - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    If you wanted your personal life left out of it you shouldn’t have foisted your personal views down everyone’s throat in a part of society that has no place for politics. You are a selfish dick and should suffer the consequences.

    This coming from a Bruins’ fan.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:39 AM

      Wow, that is the dumbest thing to say. “This coming from a Bruins’ fan.” means you like the Bruins, it doesn’t mean you know what you’re talking about, obviously.

      Just because the media and paparazzi are crazy doesn’t mean it’s alright for them to hound peoples family, or even the person themselves for that matter. Just because we’ve come to expect bad behavior from these loser media types, doesn’t mean it’s exceptable for it to happen???

      GE owns NBC. Jack Welsh and co are excellent friends with Obama. Go from there. 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 one of their buddies, the (government) President, and the brutal atrocities that he and other presidents have been carrying out on our civil liberties and on innocent people abroad.

      They’ll run this story and the stupidest variations of it until everyone forgets and is brainwashed to the fact that what TT did was as Patriotic and as American as one can get. Learn so history for god sakes. Dissent against bad government is what being American is all about. Your government are crooks and are sending your friends and family off for slaughter in other countries to so the rich can get richer.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:17 AM

        Politics and hockey are a terrible mix.

      • spiffy53 - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

        timthomaszero, get your facts straight. jack complains about obama in EVERY interview. They are NOT friends. your whole diatribe is based on your WRONG assumption and not the TRUTH.

      • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        Oh yeah Mr.Facts is it?…lol. First of all, you don’t the facts. You don’t know the truth.

        You know them both personally do you?

        It wouldn’t be like politicians or Jack Welsh to pretend or not to pretend to like someone. That would never happen. You’re right, I can’t believe I’ve been so naive. Grow up!

        What world are you living in? Thomas make a simple, honest statement and this site and NBC just can’t let it go. Reporters like Haggerty saying Thomas needs to break his silence. NBC won’t let it go. Now, what do you think that implies??

        That Jack Welsh doesn’t like Obama?…lol. Come on. It means that Jack Welsh is full of sh!t.

      • spiffy53 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        i watch jack when he is on CNBC many times each month. and it’s WELCH not Welsh. HERE are some facts for you. simple direct quotes so there should be no need to explain even for you:
        ” I want to take this administration out” Jack Welch

        “America is on fire. America is still the greatest country in the world. And we have everything going for us except a government that is not supportive of capitalism” Jack Welch

        “He’s shown no ability to lead” Jack Welch

      • east96st - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        1) Jack Welsh retired years ago 2) He is NOT friends with Obama. You’re thinking of the current GE CEO, Immelt, who is not “excellent friends” with Obama, either, but does work on one of his corporate councils and, finally, saved the best for last 3) GE DOES NOT OWN NBC!!! COMCAST OWNS NBC!!!! You ARE right about the zero taxes for GE, so congrats, you’re 1 for 4.

      • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Oh simple minds. Keep herding yourselves right along with Obama/Bush, Walsh, whoever, it doesn’t really matter what names you use. They’re all the same people. Crooked, corrupt criminals that don’t care about Americans or anyone else at all.

        “America is on fire”…….he must mean literally.

        “a government that is not supportive of capitalism”….wow, pretty smart guy you’re defending there. He must not know what capitalism is or which country he’s in.

        Want to see a fact ya two dummies…..

        Fact…..”In 2004 GE bought 80% of Universal Pictures from Vivendi. Vivendi bought 20% of NBC forming the company NBCUniversal. GE then owned 80% of NBC Universal and Vivendi owned 20%. As of January 28, 2011 GE owns 49% and Comcast 51%.”

        Fact…..Brain L. Roberts is part of NBCUniversal’s board of directors….oh wait a minute, Roberts is also the CEO, Chairman and President of Comcast!!

        I don’t suppose Comcast and NBC share the same interests and opinions…ohhh no, that not a realistic thing to say.


      • velocirapist - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        I guess we found Tim Thomas’ wordpress account

  3. terriers4 - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Should of went but instead he was selfish, it was a team event based on the Stanley cup and them raising a lot of money for charity, nothing to do with politics Timmy, nothing

    • timthomashero - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:26 AM

      Yeah, since when did a trip to the White House (the most politically symbolic building in the world) have anything to do with politics? Tim’s so silly.

      I notice a lot of people call him selfish. If this is selfish, I don’t want any.

  4. seanb20124 - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Don’t recall Theo Epstein getting grilled when he shunned Bush

    • cowboys282 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Wow great call on this one man. I just looked it up and there is barely anything about it. I guess Howie Carr brought it up on the radio the other day.

      I guess if you are a blue collar white American from Michigan you are not allowed to skip out on the White House ceremony without the Media attacking him from every angle. Seems racist to me against Blue collar white Americans.

      Why is it so hard for so many people to see whats going on. Why are so many people against freedom?

    • east96st - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Straw man argument. 1) epstein is not a player, so the majority of the public doesn’t even know who is 2) He gave an excuse for not going. I don’t remember what it was, it was weak, but it also was NOT political. I pretty sure he claimed it was business related 3) he didn’t post his political views on Facebook after announcing to the press that he was refusing to go. Gotta compare apples to apples
      Besides, apparently you’ve forgotten how anyone who dared to ask why the hell we were going into Iraq when the douchebag that killed nearly 3000 Americans was in Afghanistan, the people who trained him were in Pakistan, and the people who funded him where in Saudi Arabia, was labeled a “traitor and/or a coward’ and the press played right along. Remember “death panels”? I worked in network news for five years. Both parties exploit the press and the press is all too happy to go along for the ride. Listen to Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry”. He nailed it.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:09 AM

      Well, the thing is, Epstein (like many others) declined to go but didn’t take the next step and express clearly what it is that may have bothered him.

      TT has done that very nicely, hence the blow back.

  5. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  6. rexadelphia8 - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Fuck Thomas, fuck chara, fuck Boston perfectly said

  7. taytay099 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Doesn’t seem unreasonable for him to ask the media to leave his family out of it. Dave Hodge should know better than to make the comments he did, but I guess he wouldn’t be considered a legend if he didn’t make controversial comments.

  8. imleftcoast - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Bruins and their fans are always whining.

    • dolanster - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      You mean winning. I fixed your typo for you. Go Patriots.

  9. trbowman - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    How about this whole story just gets dropped, because it’s not a big deal in the least.

    Classic media sensationalism.


    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      It’s called active brainwashing.

      This directly affects the minds of small children and teens everywhere watching this go on and on. What they will learn is that speaking out is wrong. You will get destroyed in the newspapers, radio, internet and TV as selfish, as someone who is “dodges” questions, who is unpatriotic. You will be called a “lone wolf” and a “loner”.

      What the kids learn is that the government is beyond reproach and we shouldn’t say anything bad about them because we’re the ones that will be made to look stupid.

  10. trbowman - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I’m pretty sure BSPN has spent more time covering this story than anything else in hockey this year (outside of Crosby).

  11. drewzducks - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    …and fuck Loserdelphia !

  12. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I’d gladly take Thomas in San Jose since so many people hate him and continue to bash the guy. As I have said before, if it were Bush in the white house nobody would say shit. Leave the guy alone already. We live in a double standard and politically correct society which is sickening. I’ll defend Thomas to the end.

  13. cowboyscanada - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Once again, another classless move by a classless player from a Mickeymouse organization….

  14. johninmaine - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    This is media driven drivel. HEY NBC THE FANS DON’T CARE ANYMORE, IT’S OLD NEWS. Move along. We’re very sorry you are a huge biased Liberal news network and the hugest Obama supporter there is on the planet but seriously. LET THIS DIE.


  15. mornelithe - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    For someone who was only going to make one statement about this, he sure seems confused about the definition of one.

    “All it has to do is with me, but it’s separate from hockey,” Thomas said. “That’s my personal life. Those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs. It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game. And it has nothing to do with the Boston Bruins.”

    And yet, you didn’t keep it in your personal life, you chose a venue that had everything to do with hockey, and nothing to do with personal. Get your story straight here Thomas, you make yourself sound more and more stupid as days progress.

    Sounds like he’s trying to create a side story so that it takes attention away from him, and places it on his criticizer’s actually. “Leave my family and teammates alone” Hey Genius, nobody cares about your family, or your teammates, you’re the one who did it, not them. I, and most sentient human beings can differentiate, something you’re apparently not very skilled at. Not involved with hockey means/personal views means not using a Hockey venue to showcase your political views.

    What an absolute idiot.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:54 AM

      It funny how all the simple minded people focus on the how and the when of TT’s actions, but nobody wants to talk about the content of his actual statement.

      “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.”

      Now, can anyone argue with his statement????

      Right to an attorney? You don’t have one anymore!!!!

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM

      “Nobody cares about his family”….you’re the absolute idiot.

      A reporter tweeted a KKK reference about the names of his children. Joke or not, don’t you think that involves his family?

      People wouldn’t know how stupid you are if you’d just keep your mouth or fingers shut.

      • mornelithe - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        So I’d just perpetually walk around with my hands balled up in fists? Smart. Very smart. As far as the KKK thing goes, that’s not ‘people’ that’s reporters looking for popularity. And nobody cares, except you apparently.

        “It funny how all the simple minded people focus on the how and the when of TT’s actions, but nobody wants to talk about the content of his actual statement.”

        You’re right, especially Tim Thomas, unless it’s to express views that are personal, that he wants kept private….in a public setting. Good thinking there.

  16. bigtganks - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Then why did he ditch his teammates on multiple locations to leave them to answer for him?

  17. demons87 - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Whether you like his stance or not, Tim Thomas is standing by what he believes in, not unlike Tim Tebow. The only difference is that Thomas decided to take a less popular view, but it’s no less impressive.

    Besides, Thomas isn’t the first athlete to decline to go to the White House. Other athletes have skipped a White House ceremony: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Manny Ramirez, James Harrison, Mark Chmura, and Dan Hampton.

    The media is funny. They complain that all they get is bland answers from athlete but when someone says something remotely interesting, they slam the guy for it and then keep it going for as long as they can milk the story.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:59 AM

      Well said.

      You know though, they’re not just milking it. There is a specific purpose to the ongoing coverage, even when most are uninterested.

      If you look at the power structure between media and government and all the politics ties between each, you’ll see that any dissent whatsoever will be dealt with in a brain numbing repetitiveness that would make anyone ever forget the real point to begin with, which is what the government is actually doing.

  18. arbruins - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Hey NBC…try focusing on the drug dealers, murders and womanizers in sports that most of you seem to idolize and lay off a person who expresses his rights and shouldn’t be ashamed to do so. Gutless and disgusting…that is what you are.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:02 AM

      What’s so shocking is the willingness of all these sheep. Sad as hell.

  19. timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    In your opinion, what is more important, the future of your country, your children’s country, the state of your civil rights?

    Or a freaking day trip to the White House?????????????? Wake up sheeple!!!!!

    • iluvwikileaks - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      And, you’re a jack@$$ if you think Mittens or Newt are gonna solve the damage done by 8 years of Bush.

  20. iluvwikileaks - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Why do you hate America, Timmy?

    Also, I don’t give a rat’s @$$ about your frickin’ family. And, my challenge to fight you in a parking lot still stands. Of course, you are too cowardly to accept.


    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      You’re dumber than wood.

      You should be directing that energy toward the people who are stealing you rights and your future.

      Did you know that every baby born in a America today will owe $30,000 in taxes before the umbilical cord is cut. Now add that to the actual cost of being born and you have modern day slavery.

    • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      By the way, shouldn’t you be out burning a Dixie Chicks cd?

      • iluvwikileaks - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Go shove your nose up a righties @$$, scum,.

  21. predswilrule - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    he should have thought about that a week ago. did he have the right.YES. i even agree w/ his apparent opinion, BUT he owed his team (and now his family and friends) better. he made it all about himself. he is within his rights, but it was still a bad decision.

    • predswilrule - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      and BTW, it wont change anything.

      • timthomashero - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Honestly man, “and BTW, it wont change anything”, that’s the worst/depressing thing I’ve read yet. Even including the inbred zombies on here that would love a date with Obama.

        That is EXACTLY how people who are taking advantage of you want you to feel. When you feel hopeless about the government etc…you don’t pay attention to what’s going on.

        Go through some of Bush’s executive orders while you weren’t caring.

        This is just 2006….worst civil rights violations of the year. Brutal.

  22. firemarshal1 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Mr. Tim Thomas:

    Well, maybe you shouldn’t have disregarded your visit to the oval office of our great country, that represents freedom. Last time I checked, President Obama killed the leading terrorist in the world recently. What did Bush do, put us in debt and placed our innocent young American men at harms way, all in the best interest of Big Oil. Wow!

  23. crusty14 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Don’t forget that you Americans voted bush in for two terms!!!!!!!

    • drewsylvania - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks in part to his brother Jeb preventing minorities in FLA from voting.

      • timthomashero - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:33 AM

        The hell with Jeb, yes, he’s a crook too and had a hand in the rigged election but it comes down to the supreme court who stopped the recount. Corrupt.

  24. guinsrule - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Who care’s about these visits? A dozen college and pro teams get a five miute photo op and a quick speech written by some aide each year. And the president always calls someone the wrong name or some other flub showing how little he really cares about the whole dog and pony show.

  25. drewsylvania - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I hope timthomashero is actually Tim Thomas, because I agree with virtually everything that poster said. Most citizens are so brainwashed, into ignoring the ways their government is screwing them over, that they do the government’s bidding by smacking down dissenters.

  26. ndrdog - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Hey timthomashero, I have really enjoyed reading your posts defending Timmy, when he doesn’t want to talk himself, and attacking our country when you are from Nova Scotia. You really like to call people name and make accusations that everyone else is “brainwashed” or just “an idiot” when they disagree with you right after you say “This is the healthiest thing this country needs. Open dialogue.” Hypocrite much? If I had to make a guess I would say that 90% of what you have said is parroted from the likes of Glenn Beck and you sit back and accuse everyone else of being sheep? I have yet to hear you type an original thought in this or any other post. Here is a question for you : You mentioned the reporter tweeting the KKK reference, which I thought was pretty funny, and you were angry that he included the family. Over one hundred web sites have the names of TIMMY’s kids listed on them, so they are easily a matter of public record with him being a well known sports figure, the joke may be upsetting but why does the reporters 1st amendment right stop just because TIMMY says his family is off limits or because what he has to say may be a little upsetting to some people? When I learned about the Constitution, it was exactly that part of the 1st amendment that made this country as great as it was(yes, past tense).

    • timthomashero - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:15 AM

      You’re a dummy.

  27. kitshky - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    So much noooiissee here …

    Yes Thomas has the right do whatever he wants, no it’s not a big deal, and at the end of the day it was probably something his teammates got over almost instantly. But … Theo and others who have made the same decision didnt use their actions to make sure their opinions and political leanings were made public, and they certainly didn’t make detailed public statements.

    A – The only thing Thomas did wrong was make that day about himself and not his teammates and their mutual accomplishments.
    B – He was the one who made his reasons and his political leanings public…it was only media driven because he drove the car
    C – I can’t believe I let myself comment again about this …

    • timthomashero - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      He didn’t make it about himself.

      That’s what people are missing, he made it about the Constitution and the federal government, but nobody is talking about WHAT he said or WHAT he’s trying to say. All anyone wants to talk about is how he is “selfish”…lol.

      People sacrifice a lot when they stand up like this.

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