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Jeremy Jacobs is a fan of the First Amendment, not Tim Thomas’ politics

Jan 28, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

Jeremy Jacobs AP

We’ve heard plenty from Tim Thomas about his decision to not go to the White House, but hearing from the guy that signs his paycheck? That’s a little different.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs was asked about what his thoughts were on Thomas’ snub of President Barack Obama and Jacobs erred on the side of the Bill Of Rights rather than get grumpy with his team’s goalie.

Joe Haggerty of gets the word on how Jacobs doesn’t fall in line with Thomas’ politics but is happy he’s allowed to speak his mind.

“Tim is a great hockey player. He’s done his job very well for us and I’m totally behind him as a great hockey player,” said Jacobs. “I don’t necessarily agree with his political view, but that isn’t what he does for me. I’ve got to say this: while I don’t agree with it he certainly has the right to express himself as every American does. He does a good job.”

If you’ve been hearing things about how Thomas’ take on things would lead to him getting shipped out of town, Jacobs’ words don’t sound like those of a guy eager to rid his team of a distraction. Considering that Thomas is still one of the best goalies in the league and looking to bring the Bruins another Stanley Cup, running him out of town on a rail because you don’t like his politics seems a bit rash.

As it goes for any job in life, if the boss has your back you’re in good shape.

  1. grudenthediva - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Ah, the tricky briar patch that is the First Amendment for Thomas and Co. It’s what gives him the right to say whatever he wishes but should you dare disagree with him and render your own opinions, then you’re a Constitution shredding traitor.

  2. spiffy53 - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Maybe Tim is figuring out that when you listen to and put Glen Beck on a mountain, you need to understand that Glen Beck is all about Glen Beck. he makes a living whipping people up into a frenzy thinking that there are others to blame for their lot in life. Glen’s paychecks come from controversy like this. Tim, on the other hand, has another full time job.

  3. canuckinamerica - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    I have to wonder whether if Thomas had a record of say, 4 and 16, if Jacobs would be saying the same thing. I agree with free speech……but I must say I think it wrong to not accept the invitation to the White House and to be there with your fellow teammates. Nobody wins a Championship in a team sport alone.

  4. crazemastercraze - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    i’m going to keep it real because i’m keeping it real:

    1)The president didn’t and probably still doesn’t know who you are Tim. He certainly has more pressing matters to attend to other than meeting a team from a league who only 4% of America knows who its top “stars” are. it’s not like he set up an appointment to meet with a bunch of athletes who’s trophy is more popular than they are.

    2)Thomas is a narcissistic douche! he figured because of all the constant ass kissing he receives from the hockey media, the fans in boston and the people around him that his political opinion was SOOOOooooo important and that it would make some kind of drastic change in the way people think. guess what Tim. Most level headed people already know how F’ed up our political system is and that it’s heading down the drain, especially those of us who make the same amount annually that you make in one day! more level headed people know that both democrats and republicans are responsible for this mess. so yeah, we’re well aware that it’s allowing a country like Brazil the chance to leap frog us as a world power in the next few decades if things don’t change.

    3)no matter what people may tell you, you ruined that day for the Boston Bruins team by shifting all the attention to you and your un-unique political stance. i can only surmise that your setting yourself up for a career in politics post nhl career by doing what you did, your team mates be damned. or, go back to point number 2. what ever works for you, Tim, because after all, it’s all about you……

  5. vipod4ever - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Seriously, who cares? If I just won the Cup and needed to visit Ottawa to see our PM, I would probably have other plans…like pulling teeth, or taking a nice long visit to the can.

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